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Murri Court



The Murri Court was established to link Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants in Queensland to cultural and support services to help them make changes in their lives and stop offending behaviours.

Elders or respected persons from the community are in the courtroom to guide and encourage defendants, and help magistrates understand more about defendants’ personal and cultural circumstances. Assistance provided by the court might include things like counselling, education and training, attending a men’s or women’s group, helping to address substance use issues, or finding somewhere to live.

Murri Court aims to:

If you identify as an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person, you may be able to go to Murri Court if:

Murri Courts are currently operational in:

Abstract adapted from Queensland Courts


Queensland Courts Service
Murri Court
GPO Box 1649
Brisbane Qld 4001

Additionally, you can find the contact details for each Murri Court here.

Related publications

Shadbolt G (2013)

Naming and shaming youth offenders: bonfire of the vanities.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(9): 3-6

Connors P, Bush R (2010)

'Back on Track' : an evaluation.

Brisbane: University of Queensland

Marchetti E, Daly K (2004)

Indigenous courts and justice practices in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Evaluated publications

Morgan A, Louis E (2010)

Evaluation of the Queensland Murri Court: final report.

Brisbane: Australian Institute of Criminology

Murri courts operates within a Magistrates Court framework but provide for involvement of key Indigenous members of the community, the offender's family, Indigenous community organisations and Community justice groups in the sentencing of Indigenous offenders. This report outlines the findings from the Australian Institute of Criminology's evaluation of the Queensland Murri court. The evaluation examined the Murri court's key objectives including:

The evaluation found the Murri court to be largely successful in achieving these objectives, especially in strengthening partnerships. Rates of court appearance were found to have improved during the tenre of the Murri court, however there was no perceivable impact upon the rate of recidivism amongst Indigenous offenders.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 5 June 2017
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