Thursday, 28 March 2013

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March 27, 2013 4:52PM

Lawyers angry at sex offender law change

"CRIMINAL lawyers in the Northern Territory have criticised new laws that could see some sex offenders locked up indefinitely.

The Serious Sex Offenders Act was passed by the NT parliament on Tuesday night and drew immediate criticism.

The president of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory, Russell Goldflam, attacked the new law.

"You cannot construct a criminal justice system on the basis of popular sentiment, it doesn't work that way," Mr Goldflam said.

The act allows for the attorney general or director of public prosecutions to apply to have the Supreme Court rule on whether serious sex offenders should remain in prison after they have completed their sentence."

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