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3 Int'l J. Therapeutic Juris. 175 (2018)
Restorative Justice in the Northern Territory - The Future Is Looking Bright for a Pre-Sentence Conferencing Revolution

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  RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY -
  THE FUTURE IS LOOKING BRIGHT FOR A PRE-SENTENCE
                CONFERENCING REVOLUTION

                Crystal Triggs and  Jared  Sharp*

                       I.     INTRODUCTION

        For many  years, the Northern  Territory (NT)  of Aus-
tralia had a pre-sentence  conferencing  process  in name  only.
The  Youth Justice Act sets out how pre-sentence conferencing  is
to take place.' However,   since the Act's introduction in 2005,
court-referred pre-sentence  conferences  have  been  rarely uti-
lised.2



* Crystal Triggs is the Managing Solicitor - Youth for the North Australian
Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in the Northern Territory, Australia.
Jared Sharp is a former criminal lawyer and now General Manager - Northern
Territory, Jesuit Social Services.
1 Youth Justice Act 2017 (NT) pt 6 div 2 s 84 (Austl.) (providing:
  (1) The Court may, when determining the appropriate sentence for a youth
     who has been found guilty of an offence, adjourn the proceedings and
     order the youth to participate in a pre-sentencing conference.
  (2) A pre-sentencing conference may be with any of the victims of the of-
     fence the youth is charged with, community representatives, members
     of the youth's family or any other persons as the Court considers appro-
     priate.
  (3) The Court may:
     (a) direct that the conference be convened at a specified time and place;
        and
     (b) appoint a person who is appropriately qualified as the convenor of
        the conference.
  (4) The convenor must report to the Court as to the outcome of the confer-
     ence.).
2 Transcript of Proceedings, Royal Commission in the Child Protection and
Youth Detention Systems of  the Northern Territory (May 9, 2017),
https://childdetentionnt.royalcommission.gov.au/NT-public-hearings/Docu-
ments/transcripts-2017/Transcript-9-May-2017.pdf [hereinafter Royal Com-
mission].

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