Status in progress
Domain
3. A more effective justice system with greater Aboriginal control
Goal
3.1 The needs of Aboriginal people are met through a more culturally informed and safe system
Outcome
3.1.2 More people are able to access justice programs and services that are trauma informed, restorative and therapeutic
Status
In progress
Agency
Court Services Victoria

Where we are up to 

County Court expansion to Geelong is ongoing, scheduled to launch August 2021.

The County Koori Court recently completed recruitment and four new Elders/Respected Persons (ERPs) have been appointed across Mildura, Geelong and Warrnambool, with local RAJAC endorsement of each applicant.

Magistrate’s Koori Court have recruited a Court Officer position at Geelong, commencing July 2021.

By the end of 2020, all regional courts were able to clear backlogs, except Mildura and Bairnsdale. Mildura and Bairnsdale were cleared by February 2021.

All Koori Court locations were able to book new matters in for the beginning of sittings 2021, except Broadmeadows which was already fully booked until February 2021.

All Children’s Koori Courts were able to list new clients from the beginning of sittings in 2021.

Elders and Respected Persons returned to in person Koori Court the week commencing 17 May 2021 and were required to resume online again with the recent lockdown.

Preliminary discussions with Court Services Victoria (CSV) regarding Koori programs as part of Wyndham court expansion.

Ongoing discussions with CSV and Traditional Owners regarding the Bendigo Courts Precinct.