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The Neighbourhood Justice Centre – 6 Years On.

Combining a multi-jurisdictional court with a range of support services and community initiatives, the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) has played a significant role in local community crime prevention work, building community confidence and innovating justice delivery locally. The NJC was established in 2007 and is Australia’s only community justice centre. It is located in Collingwood, Melbourne, and serves the City of Yarra. The Centre is committed to resolving disputes, addressing the underlying causes of harmful behaviour, and tackling social disadvantage.

David Fanning has been the Magistrate at the NJC since its foundation will provide an overview of the Centre. He will reflect on some of the achievements of this community justice model, share innovations they have initiated, and explore the future of community justice with you.

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  • 1. Neighbourhood Justice Centre Six Years On Magistrate David Fanning
  • 2. Community Partners
  • 3. NJC Cases Finalised by Financial Year 1,920 2,379 2,925 2,916 3,644 3,791 - 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 3,500 4,000 FY0708 FY0809 FY0910 FY1011 FY1112 FY1213 (w estimate of Q4) Magistrates' Court - Criminal Magistrates' Court - Family Violence & Personal Safety Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) Children's Court - Criminal VCAT - Residential Tenancies VCAT - Civil VCAT - Guardianship TOTAL CASES NJC NJC Court data
  • 4. 0.0 2000.0 4000.0 6000.0 8000.0 10000.0 12000.0 14000.0 16000.0 18000.0 20000.0 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 Crime Per 100,000 of Population by Financial Year City of Yarra Other Crime Drug Offences Crimes against Property Crimes Against the Person
  • 5. Results  Recidivism rates – the study found the NJC cohort had 26% less likelihood of re-offending than the control cohort  CCO completion rates are 10% higher (77%) than the state average of 66%  City of Yarra’s crime rate has fallen more steeply (by 28% as at the end of June 2011) than any other high crime LGA in Victoria.  Aboriginal Hearing Day attendance rate at 90%
  • 6. NJC examples of practice • Deferred sentences • Court reviews • Aboriginal Hearings Day • Special Circumstances list • Problem solving meetings • Family Violence and Personal Safety Intervention Order list • Neighbourhood Justice Officer • Client Services
  • 7. Community Initiatives • Crime Prevention • Community Education • Community Building • Special Projects
  • 8. Influencing systemic change • Working in partnership • Across issues affecting courts and communities • Increasing confidence in and access to justice