A lawyer has told a Darwin court that when she raised concerns with then Northern Territory attorney-general John Elferink that rape allegations against a policeman were not being investigated, she was dismissed.
A high ranking Northern Territory police officer could be committed to stand trial on Friday on charges of raping two female police officers in separate incidents more than a decade ago.
Lawyer Georgia McMaster, who was working in Darwin at the time, met with Mr Elferink in 2015.
She said she did so after discovering no action had been taken three months after a complaint was made about a lack of police action over the decade-old allegation to the now-defunct Office of the Commissioner for Public Interest Disclosures
"He didn't believe me," Ms McMaster told the Darwin Local Court on Thursday.
The police officer has been charged with four counts of rape, two against one alleged victim in November 2004 and two against another woman in June 2006.
The officer, who cannot yet be legally named, has been on sick leave for at least two years.
Ms McMaster said both she and an alleged victim had discussed concerns about the ability for NT Police to fairly investigate one of its own senior officers in "such a small jurisdiction", given they did not do so a decade ago.
Mr Elferink was contacted for comment.