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Joining forces: a partnership approach to effective justice - community-driven social controls working side by side with the Magistracy of the Northern Territory

Alternative dispute resolution Aboriginal people (Australia) Aboriginal legal status and laws First Peoples Sentencing Courts Restorative justice Youth justice Northern Territory

In February 2012, the consultant was engaged by the NT Department of Justice to undertake a review of Community Courts. 

Community Courts began as a formal pilot project in 2005 within the NT Court of Summary Jurisdiction under the direction of the then Chief Magistrate, Hugh Bradley, and with funding and support from the Yilli Rreung ATSIC Regional Council.

In 2008, the pilot was ‘expanded’ to program status through the NT Government’s Closing the Gap of Indigenous Disadvantage: A Generational Plan of Action (2007), which provided a funding commitment of $2.1 million over 5 years: 2008-2012. A requirement of this funding was for the department to undertake an external evaluation of the five year program. It is understood that the evaluation was intended to be undertaken in the third or fourth year of the five year program. However, this evaluation was commissioned at the start of 2012 within the program’s final six months.

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