Status complete
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
3.1.1 Justice programs and services are more culturally safe, responsive, inclusive and effective
Status
Complete
Agency
Court Services Victoria

Where we are up to 

COVID-19 restrictions have impacted the progress of Coroners Court (External link) projects, such as the development of visual products and the creation of a culturally safe court. In response to the pandemic, Coroners Court hearings have been moved to an online platform where three hearings have already been held. Most matters have been adjourned, as families involved have expressed their preference for attending Court in person. 

As of 22 July 2020, the Coroners Court has 153 open cases and two inquests adjourned due to COVID-19 restrictions.

On 22 September, the Victorian State Coroner, Judge John Cain released a practice direction outlining new protocols for the conduct of coronial investigations into Aboriginal deaths in custody. The practice direction formalises a range of culturally safe practices and services implemented within Court processes since the establishment of the Koori-led Coroners Koori Engagement Unit in 2019. The new practice direction also strengthens the Court’s response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody regarding coronial process.