Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Media protocol – For public hearings

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (the Commission) recognises that the media has an important role to play in reporting on its work. The Commission will be conducting a number of public hearings.

  • Details: dates and locations of public hearings will be published to the Hearing and Transcripts page.
  • Media facilities: There is a Media Room at the court to assist reporters covering public hearings in person. Facilities will usually include TV monitors showing a live broadcast of proceedings, high definition outputs for TV media and audio outputs for radio media.
  • Media access sign-in: All media attending the public hearing must sign in at the Media Room each day they attend the hearing and should show their media credentials on request.
  • Live streaming: Live streaming of public hearings will be made available through a webcast from the Hearing and Transcripts page.
  • Recording and filming: The Commission may grant permission for the media to record at times during the public hearing, such as opening statements by the Commissioner or by Counsel Assisting, but without members of the public or witnesses in attendance. At such times a pool camera and photographer will be allowed into the hearing room on the condition that the material is also made available to other news media and the Commission if required. Media will be alerted of any arrangements prior to a hearing.
  • The Commission does not permit filming (including sound recording) or still photography of:

    1. the hearing room (except under approved pool arrangements)
    2. the public gallery or witness box within the hearing room
    3. the Commission's office reception, lift foyer, or the Court's reception; and
    4. any lifts or lobby of the building in which the Commission is conducting a hearing.

    Mobile phones, tablets and other devices must be switched off or placed on silent while in the hearing room.

  • Non-publication orders: The Commission has powers to direct that any evidence not be published. A non-publication order may be made, varied and/or lifted during a public hearing. It is the responsibility of the media to comply with any non-publication orders, which will be published on the Commission's website.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts of the Commission's public hearings will be made available on the Commission's website as soon as possible. The transcript will be edited to reflect any relevant non-publication orders.
  • Access to evidence: Media may inspect and ask for a copy of exhibits that have been tendered once the material is made available for inspection by Counsel Assisting. Documents may be redacted or partially redacted for legal or privacy reasons.
  • Interviews: Interviews with witnesses, Counsel Assisting and members of the public will not be facilitated by the Commission and are not permitted within the Commission's premises.

If you have any questions, please call the Media and Communication team on 0439 874 953