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Literature review

Models of care in forensic mental health services

This publication provides an evidence-based literature review on best practices pertaining to models of care in the four areas, which broadly represent the main sectors of Forensic Mental Health Service delivery (inpatient, community, prisons, and courts).
Report

Smarter data: the use and utility of administrative data in Victorian courts and tribunals

This report on the use and utility of data in Victorian courts and tribunals adds a critical dimension to the understanding of the data environment, and through it, the opportunities and challenges in its effective application.
Report

Australia's Child Support Scheme: third interim report

The Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System was appointed by resolution of the Senate on 18 September 2019 and resolution of the House of Representatives on 19 September 2019. In preparing this third interim report, the committee considered all relevant evidence provided to...
Report

Court appearances via video link for young people in detention in Queensland

This research identifies strategies to improve current video-link processes and changes to protocols needed to minimise the risk of adverse outcomes for the children appearing via this technology.
Report

Benchmarking the use of audiovisual link technologies in Australian criminal courts before the pandemic

This report is the second published by the AIC arising from its national video courts research program and documents the development and implementation of AVL (audiovisual link) technologies in the criminal courts in Australia, before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019.
Report

Audiovisual link technologies in Australian criminal courts: practical and legal considerations

This report assesses the practical and legal considerations that need to be taken into account when adopting audio-visual link (AVL) technologies in the criminal courts, and concludes by identifying best practice initiatives for the adoption of AVL technologies in Australia.
Literature review

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in Australian Coroners Courts

Coroners Courts in many jurisdictions throughout Australia are seeking ways to ensure their processes and practices are culturally sensitive, particularly for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands families. This report provides a sound base for reviewing culturally sensitive practices within the coronial system.
Report

Judicial review and policy making: the role of legal advice in government

This paper examines one of the key checks and balances in the UK constitution, judicial review - the process by which individuals and groups can challenge the lawfulness of a public body’s decision.
Discussion paper

Inclusive juries – access for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision: consultation paper

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has released this consultation paper as part of their consideration over what changes to legislation and practices should be made to enhance access for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision who wish to serve...
Literature review

Literature review on international best court support models for victim survivors of sexual violence

This literature review was completed to provide the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) with an overview of international psychosocial court support service models for victims-survivors of sexual violence going through the criminal justice system (CJS).
Report

Partners in crime: the relationship between disadvantage and Australia’s criminal justice systems

This report explores the relationship between disadvantage and Australia’s criminal justice systems. The report draws on findings from a range of consultations with experts from across the sector including academics, service providers, practitioners, government and community actors from multiple jurisdictions, through individual consultations, roundtable discussions...
Report

Accurately identifying the “person most in need of protection” in domestic and family violence law

When police are called to an incident of domestic and family violence (DFV), one of their tasks under DFV law is to determine whether a party is in need of protection from future harm. This research project focused on identifying areas of improvement in police...
Evaluation

The long-term effect of the NSW Drug Court on recidivism

Treating drug-related offenders is far more effective than sending them to prison, according to this research. The researchers compared re-offending rates among Drug Court participants with offenders who had been deemed eligible for the Drug Court but not placed on it. Offenders were followed up...
Report

Contempt of court: report

The law of contempt of court is not based on Acts of Parliament. It is based on a long-standing power of the Supreme Court to protect the work of the courts from interference. It has developed over centuries through decisions made by courts.
Report

Rebalancing the scales

This report documents the experiences of Tasmanian parents and the lawyers who represent them, and legal processes associated with the child safety system. The research examines parents' ability to access legal advice, their participation in decision-making processes and to what extent these processes implement the...
Report

Apples, oranges and lemons

This research report examines how administrative data is collected and used in the Victorian civil justice system.
Report

Expert evidence about memory in New Zealand sexual violence trials and appellate courts 2001 to 2020

This project arose out of concern that the nature of memory expert evidence offered to the courts exaggerates memory fallibility in relation to sexual violence complaints and that the research cited in support lacks relevance or ecological validity. At issue is whether jurors need educating...
Report

The views of Australian judicial officers on domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions

This project aims to contribute to an understanding of judicial views, understandings and practices in relation to perpetrator interventions and how these views may influence overall perpetrator accountability within the system of perpetrator interventions.
Report

Young witnesses in New Zealand's sexual violence pilot courts

This research was initiated in response to the establishment of New Zealand’s Sexual Violence Courts Pilot in late 2016. The aims of the project were to contribute to innovation in court processes and the further development of the Sexual Violence Court Pilot.
Report

The criminal justice system: how government reforms and coronavirus will affect policing, courts and prisons

This report sets out the potential impact of the United Kingdom government’s plan to increase the number of police officers by 20,000 and the coronavirus crisis on the criminal justice system.