Facing new cases, new dilemmas, Aboriginal lawyer Drew Ellis' sweaty, dusty journey on the traveling court is interrupted by tragic news. The circuit team is devastated, particularly Bella, who seeks solace in Drew's arms.
The inquest into Clarry's death is as tough as everyone feared, but first Peter has to deal with the fallout from The Junction riot, while Drew's argument with Mick over his son's future draws unexpected hostility from Bella.
New magistrate Terri Oliver's tough love approach is making life hard for the ALS team. While Peter continues to battle an inquiry into his professional conduct, Archie inadvertently resurrects a ghost from Sam's past.
Now back in the chair, Magistrate Peter Lockhart's standing is under threat when he is discovered helping disgraced elder Harry Pope, and a confrontation with Mick results in a surprising invitation for Drew.