Order to produce papers
THE Northern Territory Government has been ordered to hand over documents to two former Don Dale youth detention centre inmates who allege they were abused.
The Federal Court yesterday ordered the Government give over documents relating to appointments of certain staff at the centre between 2011 and 2016.
It also struck out parts of Dylan Jenkings and Aaron Hyde’s claim, in a case that has been before the courts for almost two years.
In remaining parts, it is alleged the men were subjected to abusive treatment including being threatened, roughly treated, bashed, handcuffed or inappropriately held in isolation.
The class action covers abuse committed between 2006 and 2017 in seven Northern Territory youth detention centres, including Don Dale.
The applicants claim that the mistreatment arose out of racial discrimination because about 90 per cent of detainees were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
The action, brought by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, has been joined by more than 30 youths, but compensation is being sought for all young people mistreated in detention.
The Northern Territory Government earlier this year faced criticism for the slow progress of the case, with several legal issues arising since it was filed in December 2016.
Don Dale Detention Centre