Minimum standards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander courts in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Northern Territory (North) 2007-2010


Australia’s criminal justice system is, for the most part, the model inherited from the British justice system. This model consistently yields high rates of recidivism by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In contrast, the Australian jurisdictions that have set up specialist Courts to deal with sentencing of Aboriginal people have yielded far lower recidivism rates – and a range of other benefits including changing behaviour and community capacity building. This paper focuses on Aboriginal Courts with the primary purpose of identifying the necessary minimum features of a successful Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Court.

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