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Why are there no adult community courts operating in the Northern Territory of Australia?

Indigenous Law Bulletin
Volume 8 Issue 4 (Jan/Feb 2013)

Abstract: Magistrates in the Northern Territory of Australia ('NT') have a long history of attempting to involve community members in justice processes, particularly in 'bush courts', that apparently predates such efforts of other Australian jurisdictions. Since 2007, both wholly local initiatives, such as law and justice committees or court initiated intercultural engagements with mainstream justice processes such as Community Courts, have struggled to gain momentum and have now completely desisted. Given the historical interest and repeated engagements by NT magistrates - and at a time when interest in community participation in summary justice processes in other Australian jurisdictions are enthusiastically pursued - why is it that now adult Community Courts in the NT have stalled?

To cite this article: Williams, Mary Spiers. Why are there no adult community courts operating in the Northern Territory of Australia? [online]. Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 4, Jan/Feb 2013: 7-11. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=226654018399621;res=IELIND> ISSN: 1328-5475. [cited 11 Dec 16].

Personal Author: Williams, Mary Spiers; Source: Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 4, Jan/Feb 2013: 7-11 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1328-5475 Subject: Neighborhood justice centers; Customary law; Aboriginal Australians--Legal status, laws, etc.; Civil procedure--Social aspects; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Indigenous Collection