Sentencing in the Koori Court Division of the Magistrates? Court : A Statistical Report


This report presents a descriptive profile of the Koori Court, including contextual information on the background and development of the court and its philosophy, aims and jurisdiction. While Koori Court magistrates retain responsibility for sentencing and have the same sentencing options as other magistrates of mainstream courts, the processes through which sentencing outcomes are determined differ markedly. Through the active involvement of Elders and Respected Persons, a Koori Court Officer, the accused and other members of the Indigenous community in the hearing process, the Koori Court aims to provide a more culturally relevant and inclusive sentencing process for accused persons. There is also significant emphasis placed on addressing factors underlying offending behaviour and on delivering case-managed and ‘meaningful’ sentencing outcomes, potentially impacting upon the sentencing profile of Koori offenders.

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