Life imprisonment in the NT
Prisoners who are convicted of murder in the Northern Territory (NT) are automatically given a life sentence under the law.
This essentially means they are not entitled to parole for at least 20 years. However, in some cases a judge can order a longer non-parole period.
In some cases, the judge can refuse to give a non-parole period which means the prisoner could spend the rest of their life in prison.
Prisoners can be given a longer non-parole period in any of the following circumstances:
- premeditated murder
- contract killing
- multiple or serial murder
- murder of a child under 18 years old
- murder with sexual motivation
- murder of police officer or public official.
Last updated: 06 February 2019