Evaluation of the Remote JP Magistrates Court Program: Final Report

Cunneen, Chris, Allison, Fiona, Loban, Heron, Luke, Garth, and Munro, Kate (2010) Evaluation of the Remote JP Magistrates Court Program: Final Report. UNSPECIFIED, Cairns, QLD.

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Abstract

This report presents key findings and recommendations developed as part of an independent evaluation of Queensland's Remote Justices of the Peace (Magistrates Court) Program (JP Court program). The evaluation has been conducted by researchers at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University. The Department of Justice and Attorney General (Qld) (DJAG) commissioned the evaluation.

Research Statement

Research Background Queensland's Remote Justices of the Peace (Magistrates Court) Program provides for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander JPs to constitute a Magistrates Court to determine charges for minor offences. The courts are designed to address alienation commonly experienced by Indigenous people within the criminal justice system and to foster the development of positive Indigenous role models within relevant communities.
Research Contribution The Department of Justice and Attorney General (Qld) commissioned the evaluation of the program. The research assessed the structure, processes and effectiveness of the JP Courts and the frameworks that support it through a review of relevant policy and legislation, an analysis of quantitative data and interviews with program stakeholders. The report of the evaluation made 16 recommendations to government to improve the efficiency of the courts.
Research Significance The research showed that the JP program provided greater capacity for Indigenous community control and ownership of criminal justice-related outcomes and processes. The research and its recommendations were supported by the Qld government and informed government policy changes to the operation of the courts. Aspects of the research were also published in a referred journal article, Allison, Cunneen, Loban, Luke and Munro, (2012) 'The Indigenous Justices of the Peace Courts in Queensland', Australian Indigenous Law Review, 16 (1): 15-36.
Item ID: 20900
Item Type: Book (Creative Work)
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 06:26
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