The County Koori Court acknowledges a decade of work towards improving justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The County Koori Court celebrates a decade of work towards improving justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.
Established in 2008 the Koori Court remains the only sentencing court for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders in a higher jurisdiction of Australia.
Speaking at Latrobe Valley Law Courts, Judge-In-Charge Paul Grant said that “the expansion of the Koori Court throughout the state and across jurisdictions is testament to its support within Koori communities. Indeed, it is those communities that have driven the expansion.”
The County Koori Court began sitting in the Latrobe Valley in 2008, in Melbourne in 2013 and in Mildura in 2016. The expansion to Shepparton in 2018 represented an important next step along the path to full state wide coverage.
In discussing the impact of the Koori Court over the past 10 years, Judge Grant explained that a common theme from the evaluations of each Court is how successful the Court has been in meeting the objective of increasing Aboriginal community participation in the justice system.
“In 2002 there were very few – if any – Aboriginal people working in Victorian courts and now more than 100 Elders and Respected Persons are participating in Koori Courts throughout Victoria,” Judge Grant said.
The 10 year anniversary event is being held at Latrobe Valley Law Courts with Elders and Respected Persons, Judge Grant and the County Koori Court officers in attendance.