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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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Restorative justice – what is it & how can it improve the justice system

This is a a recording of the webinar "Restorative justice - what is it & how can it improve the justice system" as part of VLF's Law Week 2020. The webinar which took place on 22 May 2020.

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Acquired Brain Injuries & the justice system

This is a a recording of the webinar "Acquired brain injuries and the criminal justice system - Law Week 2020" as part of VLF's Law Week 2020. The webinar which took place on 19 May 2020.

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COVID-19 and incarcerated women: a call to action in two parts – Part Two

In this two-part series, we draw on our work with partner agencies and people with experiences of imprisonment to argue for women to be prioritised for bail or early release from Victorian jails. This is in advance of a broader CIJ Discussion Paper regarding the imperative for decarceration of women, to be released towards the middle of the year. In the second of this two-part discussion, the CIJ explores the impact on women of measures to manage viral infection in Victoria’s prisons.

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New justice responses must prioritise Indigenous voices

There’s been a recent shift in the politics of Indigenous affairs. After a period of paternalism, the pendulum has begun to swing back in the direction of self-determination.

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Court Innovation during COVID-19 Crisis

Often out of adversity comes opportunity. COVID-19 is disrupting all aspects of our lives at the moment and will continue to do so for months.

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Systemic Reform

Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria

The CIJ recently made a joint submission with the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women to the Victorian Parliament Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria. We support the initiative of the Victorian Government in recognising that homelessness is an ongoing and complex issue.

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COVID-19, prisons and the courts. And the homeless man fined for dumpster diving

Should prisoners be released because of the risks around coronavirus? And the case of the homeless man, just released from prison who was fined $250 for salvaging pies and iced coffees from a dumpster.

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Systemic Reform

Review of Age of Criminal Responsibility

The CIJ recently made a submission to the Council of Attorneys-General as part of their review of the age of criminal responsibility in Australia.

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Connect with the Centre for Innovative Justice through our media channels. Stay up to date via Twitter, YouTube and the Talking Innovative Justice podcast.

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Our launch of the Supporting Justice resource last week generated lots of great questions. We've compiled the Q&As here for sharing, check it out https://t.co/jVIrBgjoYh
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https://t.co/4hdfKcL0tl supports people through “mystifying” court system - @yourLIV https://t.co/XG5yTJUYjj
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When Indigenous Australians are 3% of the general population but 30% of the prison population, it’s clear there is systemic discrimination in the justice system. How can we change things? @HullsRob talks to @Raf_Epstein starts at 2:13 https://t.co/LIvs7liJkA
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Procedural fairness is key to better outcomes for young people who come into contact with the justice system, says a study by UK's @CJInnovation. https://t.co/EQlSVhEvfr
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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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