NT’s first specialised Domestic Violence Court opens in Alice Springs

The Northern Territory’s first specialised domestic violence court will officially open in Alice Springs, to better support vulnerable survivors as they navigate the justice system.

The Territory Government has invested $15 million in a significant refurbishment of the Alice Springs Local Court, so victims of domestic violence no longer have to come face-to-face with perpetrators as their matters proceed through the courts.

The new facilities provide a dedicated court with a dedicated judge, Judge Meredith Day Huntingford, to hear family violence matters and facilitate a faster and more specialised family violence justice process.

The refurbishment also provides greater accessibility to domestic violence support services for victims.

Among the additions to the court that will facilitate a less traumatic court experience for victims are a separate entrance and waiting areas, and a court room where the victim cannot see or be seen by the defendant.

Source: NT Government