Politics

Oct 22, 2008

Charge up! It’s court day in Yuendumu

Defendants and family gather under the meagre shade of straggly trees, Aboriginal legal aid lawyers sit with piles of files at two card tables in the sun ... welcome to court day in Yuendumu, writes Crikey blogger Bob Gosford.

The NT Magistrates Court rolled into Yuendumu for its bi-monthly visit late last week. Leading the four-wheel-driven caravan was Alice Springs based Stipendiary Magistrate John Birch, with an assortment of defence lawyers, police prosecutors and staff from the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal service in tow. Add the eight members of the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Group, local and regional NT Police and their ACPO (Aboriginal Community Police Officers) offsiders, probation officers and Court staff, defendants, family members and curious rubber-neckers and it was the best and biggest show to hit town all month.

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