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The Centre for Innovative Justice researches, advocates and applies innovative ways to improve the justice system with a particular focus on therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice and non-adversarial dispute resolution.

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Getting justice right for women – Podcast

Late last year, Associate Director, Elena Campbell, lead author, Catherine Caruana and Lived Experience Adviser, Dorothy Armstrong shared key insights from our research and from the lived reality of women navigating a justice system designed primarily for men.

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Legal advice as a human right: Can early access to legal assistance make a difference to safety in Family Violence Intervention Order matters?

Drawing on the CIJ’s research to support implementation of Recommendation 77 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, this webinar explored the benefits of early legal advice and assistance from different perspectives.

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Submission
Systemic Reform

Submission to the Cultural Review of the Adult Custodial Corrections System

The CIJ made a submission to the Victorian Government's independent cultural review of the adult custodial corrections system. It offers insights into the experiences and needs of people in custodial corrections, in particular people with disability and women in prisons.

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Systemic Reform

Submission to the Victorian Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Our submission to this review highlighted opportunities to improve prevention and survivor-focussed responses to workplace sexual harassment by providing restorative options.

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Systemic Reform

Submission to Legal and Social Issues Committee Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System

To further our work advocating for better criminal justice responses for women, the CIJ recently made a submission to the Victorian Parliament Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into the criminal justice system.

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Project
Women’s Decarceration

Lessons from COVID-19: The use of remand, bail and sentencing for women

As part of our continuing focus on the specific needs of women in the justice system, the CIJ has embarked on a project developed in partnership with the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women, which explores women's experiences of criminal justice contact and legal outcomes since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Women’s Decarceration

Community SupPORT Pathways

The CIJ is supporting an exciting pilot project led by LACW. Delivered in partnership with the Victorian Amateur Football Association, Community SupPORT Pathways for Women links criminalised women with community football clubs, providing opportunities for employment, volunteering, recreation – and, most importantly, belonging. The CIJ will deliver the embedded participatory evaluation component of the program.

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Disability Justice

Submission to the ‘Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability’ – NDIS interface with criminal justice

The CIJ has made a further submission to the Disability Royal Commission. Our submission highlights some of the issues, barriers and challenges for people in custody accessing and maintaining an NDIS package, including transitions in and out of custody.

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CIJ's Director @HullsRob recently had the pleasure of speaking with lawyer & human rights advocate @NyadolNyuon. Listen to her extraordinary story - from 'refugee kid' to the new Director of the @CowenCentre.
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Fantastic interview with @HullsRob on his career journey, from being a struggling student, to his time in Mt Isa as a young Legal Aid Lawyer representing Indigenous peoples which ultimately lead to his career in politics. @RMITLaw @RMITLSS @RMIT

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recently had the pleasure of talking to New Mexico District Court Judge Jason Lidyard on Drug Courts, lived experience & having the courage to look at new ways to improve the criminal justice system. @RMITLaw @RMITLSS @GUSS_RMIT https://t.co/x1Oew4QPLn
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Podcast

Talking Innovative Justice podcast

Talking Innovative Justice is a resource for law students, hosted by Rob Hulls and featuring interviews with leading industry figures, panel discussions and recordings of CIJ events.

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CIJ Interview Series

The law can take your career in unexpected and fascinating directions. Our video interview series introduces to our students some of the inspiring people working in the law.

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