Yandeyarra Aboriginal Community Court project


This article discusses the establishment and activities of the Yandeyarra Aboriginal Community Court. Located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, the court arose out of the desire of community members to be involved in the administration of justice in their community. The court was set up through the work of community Elders in conjunction with the Magistrates Court at South Hedland. Court processes emphasise giving voice to the participant and to Elders representing the community. Community involvement strengthens the process of reintegration of offenders into the community, enhancing the rehabilitation process. The community also operates a juvenile remand facility that obviates the needs for juveniles on remand to be sent away from their families to Perth. Results to date support the initiative.

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