County Koori Court

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About

The County Koori Court was established as a Division of the County Court by the County Court Amendment (Koori Court) Act 2008.

The County Koori Court draws on the successful implementation of the Koori Court model in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Children’s’ Court.

The objective of the County Koori Court is to ensure greater participation of the Aboriginal community in the sentencing process of the County Court through the role played in that process by the Aboriginal Elders or Respected Persons and others such as the Koori Court Officer.

The County Koori Court is the first sentencing court for Aboriginal offenders in a higher jurisdiction in Australia. The Court sits in the Melbourne County Court, Gippsland (at the Morwell Law Courts and Bairnsdale Law Courts) and Mildura. Judge Grant is the Judge-in-Charge.

The County Koori Court currently sits at Melbourne, Latrobe Valley and Mildura:

  • Melbourne on Mondays when required
  • Latrobe Valley Morwell on circuit
  • Mildura on circuit

Contact

For information on the County Koori Court, please contact:
Terrie Stewart
County Koori Court Coordinator
Tel: (03) 8636 6083
Email: terrie.stewart@countycourt.vic.gov.au

County Koori Court Practice Note

The County Koori Court Practice Note guides the operation and management of matters before the Court. Download the document here County Koori Court Practice Note PNCR 1-2016 (updated 1 November 2016).pdf View/Download File type pdf icon (45.30 KB)

 

Final Evaluation Report

On the 23rd September 2008 the County Koori Court pilot program was established under the County Court Amendment (Koori Court) Act. The pilot program commenced in early 2009 and will continue for four (4) years at the Latrobe Valley Law Courts located in Morwell. The objective of the County Koori Court is: “to ensure greater participation of the Aboriginal community in the sentencing process of the County Court through the role played in that process by the Aboriginal Elders or Respected Persons and others such as the Koori Court officer” (County Court of Victoria, 2008). Since its establishment in 2009, 49 Accused have accessed the Court.
 
County Koori Court - Final Evaluation Report
 
County Koori Court - Final Evaluation Report Annexes
 

County Koori Court Forms & Guides

Can my matter be heard in the County Koori Court?

If you are considering having your matter heard in the County Koori Court, information in the attached brochure provides an overview of the eligibility requirements, the three-stage hearing process and who will be in court when your matter is heard.
Can my Matter be Heard in the CKC_Web.pdf View/Download File type pdf icon (732.92 KB) 

Information for Practitioners

The Court has prepared a guide for practitioners appearing in the County Koori Court. Information is provided on eligibility requirements of the accused, jurisdiction of Koori Court and the court process.
Information for Legal Practitioners DL Brochure_Web.pdf View/Download File type pdf icon (909.46 KB)  

Launch of Mildura County Koori Court

 
The County Koori Court was launched in Mildura on Friday 19 August 2016 by Ben Carroll, the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.