Facing Long Waits for Legal Help and Calls for Change in Tasmania's Youth Detention System

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Facing Long Waits for Legal Help and Calls for Change in Tasmania's Youth Detention System

Children in Tasmania's Ashley Youth Detention Centre face long waits for legal representation and bail hearings.

Children in Tasmania's troubled Ashley Youth Detention Centre often face long waits for their next court date, sometimes without even understanding the legal system. This can lead to delays in bail applications and other legal proceedings, resulting in children being held in Ashley for longer than necessary.

Legal Aid Tasmania calls for 24-hour bail service and legal representation for children.

Legal Aid Tasmania has called on the Tasmanian government to implement a 24-hour statewide bail system for children and young people, with access to legal representation. This would help ensure that children are not held in Ashley for extended periods simply because they lack access to legal support.

Government prioritizes children on remand and plans new detention facility.

The Tasmanian government has acknowledged the need for improved legal services for children in detention and is working towards having a duty lawyer available for children and young people detained at Ashley. The government is also developing plans for a new detention facility at Pontville, north of Hobart.

Legal services should be combined with housing and health services.

Legal Aid Tasmania believes that better legal services should be combined with housing and health services to address the complex needs of children in detention. This would help ensure that children receive the support they need to successfully reintegrate into the community.

Government committed to implementing recommendations from the commission of inquiry.

The Tasmanian government has committed to implementing all recommendations from the commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse in Tasmania. This includes providing appropriate and timely legal advice and representation to children in detention.

Community consultation plan being developed for new detention facility.

The government is developing a community consultation plan for the new detention facility at Pontville. This will provide an opportunity for the community to have their say on the design and operation of the facility.

Government working with Legal Aid on on-call legal services.

The Tasmanian government is continuing to engage with Legal Aid on the issue of on-call legal services for children in detention. This is a positive step towards ensuring that all children in detention have access to the legal support they need.