"A sentencing conversation" : Evaluation of the Koori Courts Pilot Program : October 2002 - October 2004


The Koori Court first sat at Shepparton on 7 October 2002, following the passage of the Magistrates’ Court (Koori Court) Act 2002. Six months later the Broadmeadows Koori Court commenced sitting as the first Metropolitan Koori Court. A third Koori Court has subsequently been established in the south-west of the state at Warrnambool. This report is an evaluation conducted over two years of the operation of the Shepparton (two years) and Broadmeadows (18 months) Koori Courts and provides a background to the creation of the Courts, a description of the process and procedures, an evaluation of their success in meeting specified goals and makes recommendations as to the future introduction of the Koori Court model. The review shows that in virtually all of the stated aims of the Koori Court pilot program, it has been a resounding success, and as a result it is recommended that the model should be extended to allow other Koori communities throughout Victoria to have access to this initiative.

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