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

 Royal Commission to explore issues of pre- and post-detention – 8 May 2017

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory resumed today to examine the issues that arise along the pathway into - as well as the process of leaving - youth detention.

This week the Commission will hear evidence about policing and young people, charging and arrest, bail and remand, diversion programs, and youth justice conferencing, as well as examining issues in the youth justice process from the perspective of both prosecutors and defence lawyers.

The witness list for this week’s hearing is available on our website.

In addition to public hearings the Commission is also collecting information through submissions, engaging with communities and expert forums and meetings.

"Through this engagement we have heard the experiences of families, communities, individuals and those working in the system," the Commissioners said.

"They have told us of their stories and perspectives on care and protection of children and their detention. These contributions are invaluable to our work in understanding the issues and considering the responses that may be appropriate. We encourage those who still wish to tell us these stories do so."

In late May the focus of the Commission’s public hearings will turn to the matters of care and protection of children in the Northern Territory. These hearings will be conducted in both Alice Springs and Darwin. More details about our forward program can be found on our website.