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NT royal commission hearing dates delayed

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

The next hearing dates for the Northern Territory's royal commission into juvenile justice and care have been delayed due to the "complexities" of dealing with at-risk children.

A statement released by the inquiry said the public hearings due to begin on November 14 have been pushed back to December 5.

"Due to the complexities and sensitive nature of dealing with vulnerable children, the commission will defer its November hearings," it said.

The December hearings will focus on the experience of children in the justice and protection systems.

Hearings in Alice Springs will also be rescheduled to early next year.

The probe was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hours after footage of boys being tear gassed, shackled and spit hooded at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre was aired by the ABC's Four Corners program.

The commission is examining the years between August 2006 and August 2016 and a final report is due to be delivered by the end of March 2017.

There are fears that the time frame will balloon out and the deadline will have to be extended.

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