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Galambany circle sentencing court



The Galambany circle sentencing court is a specialised court within the ACT Magistrates Court established to sentence Indigenous offenders who plead guilty to an offence. The court was originally the Ngambra circle sentencing court until 2010, when the change of name from Ngambra to Galambany was recommended by participants in the circle court and agreed to by the ACT Elected Body and Ngunnawal Council of Elders.

The purpose of the Galambany circle sentencing court is to provide a culturally relevant sentencing option in the ACT Magistrates Court jurisdiction for eligible Indigenous people who have offended. The circle sentencing process gives the ACT Indigenous community an opportunity to work collaboratively with the ACT criminal justice system to address over representation issues and offending behaviour.

The court aims to:

Until recently the Galambany circle sentencing court only dealt with adult defendants, but has now expanded to include young offenders.

Abstract adapted from ACT Magistrates Court


Galambany circle sentencing court
Court Coordinator
C/- Restorative Justice Unit
Ground Floor 
12 Moore Street 
Canberra City ACT 2615
GPO Box 158
Canberra City 2601
Ph: (02) 6205 2762
Email: rachelle.kelly@act.gov.au

Related publications

Marchetti E, Daly K (2004)

Indigenous courts and justice practices in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology


Last updated: 24 March 2014
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