South Australian Courts Administration Authority : Aboriginal Court Day and Aboriginal Justice Officers


Aboriginal Court Day, known to the local community as the Nunga Court, has been operating in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court (SA) since June 1999. The Nunga Court is designed to deal with Aboriginal offenders in a culturally sensitive way and encourages support persons, including family members, to attend the court. This article describes the guidelines for the court and its success in improving the attendance rate for Aboriginal people. The first Aboriginal Justice Officer (AJO) position was established in December 1999 at the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court as part of a new fines payment initiative in South Australia and also to assist Aboriginal people to understand and comply with non custodial sentencing options. The responsibilities of AJOs are outlined and their success in improving compliance by Aboriginal clients is described.

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