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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Koori Court

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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Koori Court

Date & TimeTBC
Format Webinar
Price

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$0.00

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$0.00

CPD Units 1.5
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
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As part of its court operations, MCV provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. MCV’s Koori Court is a culturally appropriate sentencing court for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants who plead guilty. In this session, learn about the process of referring clients, why Koori Court is so important and the delivery of justice in this space. 

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Program Overview

  • Innovations in the Koori Court - Tuesday 20 Jul
    • 4:20 PM Webinar Launch
      The webinar will launch ten minutes before the event begins. It is recommended that you log in a few minutes early to test your settings and familiarise yourself with webinar features.
    • 4:30 PM Opening & Welcome
      Chair: Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria
    • 4:35 PM Judging in a Therapeutic Way

      In this session, Magistrate Rose Falla, Supervising Magistrate for Koori Justice, will discuss the key expectations of practitioners including what is important and why (key documents).

      Her Honour will explain the key differences compared to other courts where sentencing is not simply about the offending, it’s about "why" they are offending. Case studies relating to the life-changing impact of the Court and plans for the future will be outlined.

      The role of the Elder or Respected Person (ERP) will be discussed to explore:

      • why this is so important
      • how they assist in sentencing
      • the “sentencing conversation”

      Panellists:

      • Magistrate Rose Falla, Supervising Magistrate for Koori Justice
      • Elder Respected Person TBC
    • 5:15 PM Short Break
    • 5:20 PM Specialist Lawyering

      In this session, Kin Leong, Principal, Principal Managing Lawyer - Criminal Law Practice - Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, will discuss best practice in the Koori Court, the role of the ERP  and how preparation and advocacy can be adapted to suit the nuances of work in this sector. Key case law and decisions to be aware of in practice will be discussed.

      Presenter: Kin Leong, Principal Managing Lawyer, Criminal Law Practice, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

    • 5:40 PM Q&A Forum
    • 6:00 PM Webinar Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    MCV’s Koori Court is a culturally appropriate sentencing court for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants who plead guilty. The Koori Court facilitates conversations with the defendant and their family and lawyer sitting around an oval table, directly engaging with Koori Court Elders, the magistrate, Victoria Police, Corrections and a Koori Court officer to address underlying issues. Elders and Respected Persons (ERPs) and Koori Court officers reduce cultural alienation, strengthen accountability and ensure the process is culturally safe. Sentencing decisions informed by cultural conversations are more appropriate to cultural needs and divert Koori defendants from prison wherever appropriate.  

    In this session, learn about the process of referring clients, why Koori Court is so important and the delivery of justice in this space.

    About the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series

    As part of its court operations, MCV provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. Many of those who come before the court are assessed to have underlying mental health or substance abuse issues, social or cultural disadvantage, or a disability. Our specialist courts and programs are solution focused. They use the opportunity of an individual’s participation in the justice system to prevent offending, improve wellbeing and increase community safety.

    The LIV in partnership with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, will provide information, resources and CPD about all the specialist courts and programs available at MCV that will ensure all practitioners are up to date and prepared when appearing in each Court, including client eligibility, referral process, what is expected of practitioners and best practice.

  • Presenters
    Supervising Magistrate Rose Falla, Koori Justice

    Magistrate Rose Falla, Supervising Magistrate for Koori Justice

    Magistrate Falla is a proud Wotjobaluk/Wemba Wemba/Mutti Mutti woman born and raised in Melbourne.

    In 2013, Her Honour became the first indigenous Magistrate appointed in the state of Victoria. Magistrate Falla’s involvement with Koori Court began in 2001 when she was working in the legal policy unit of the Department of Justice to help establish the first Koori Court in Shepparton.

    In 2020 Magistrate Falla was appointed to the role of Supervising Magistrate for Koori Justice. As well as sitting in both Koori Court and Mainstream Court, Magistrate Falla works with other Supervising Magistrates and Heads of Division to supervise and support Koori programs at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

    Kin Leong

    Kin Leong Principal Managing Lawyer, Criminal Law Practice, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

    Born and raised in Darwin; after many years as a youth worker, and a community and professional theatre arts practitioner in the Northern Territory; Kin is a latecomer to the law.   Working exclusively within criminal law as a defence advocate, he started in private practice and is now the Principal Managing Lawyer of the Criminal Law Practice at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS).  He has extensive experience appearing in both metropolitan and regional Magistrates’ and County Koori Courts.

    Kin is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

     

  • Registration, Pricing & Webinar Information

    Registration Information

    Online registrations close 12 hours before the first session begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on 03 9607 9473 or register@liv.asn.au.

    Full Pricing Details

    Member price: Free
    Non-member price: Free

    Webinar Details

    LIV webinars offer an interactive learning experience – wherever you are, from any device – and are run through Zoom. Register as you would any of our other in-person education and we’ll send you the webinar link and log in details the morning of the event date.

    Please Note: Instructions are sent to the primary email address linked to your LIV account. If you do not receive an email from us, check the contact details in your LIV profile to confirm the correct email. If you have not received instructions from us within an hour of the event, please contact the events team at register@liv.asn.au or 03 9607 9473.

    For additional information on LIV webinars, see our Frequently Asked Questions.