With bush courts suspended as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions to remote communities, NT legal groups believe justice for Indigenous people in remote areas is “grinding to a halt”.

Marty Aust, president of the Northern Territory Criminal Lawyers Association, said while some in-custody matters are continuing, most other cases have been adjourned.

“The reality is that things are sort of coming to a grinding halt where these matters are being adjourned, because you just cannot facilitate ongoing contact in the absence of interpreters and access to the clients physically,” Mr Aust said.



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