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Northern Territory Criminal Lawyers
There are two main Courts in the Northern Territory, referred to as the Magistrates Court and the Supreme Court. All criminal law matters result in you firstly being summoned to appear in the Magistrates Court. The Magistrates Court is a generic term in the Northern Territory and covers several courts which have jurisdiction to hear certain matters such as the Juvenile Court, the Court of Summary Jurisdiction, the Local Court, the Family Matters Court, the Small Claims Court, and the Work Health Court. Criminal matters are dealt with primarily in the Court of Summary Jurisdiction, or the Youth Justice Court depending on the offender’s age. Serious matters such as murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, and other indictable offences are referred up to the Supreme Court after the committal hearing. There are 14 Magistrates in the Northern Territory that preside over the various Courts. Nine are based in Darwin, four are in Alice Springs, and one is based in Katherine. These Magistrates also attend on the circuit court visiting outlying areas, and communities throughout the Northern Territory.