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Koori court



The Koori court was established under the Magistrates' Court Act 1989, operating as a division of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria which sentences Indigenous defendants.

The Koori court provides a less formal atmosphere that allows greater participation by the local Victorian Indigenous (Koori) community in the court process. A Koori court for children is also available.

Koori Elders or respected persons, the Koori court officer, Koori defendants and their families can contribute during the court hearing, assisting to reduce perceptions of cultural alienation and to ensure sentencing orders are appropriate to the cultural needs of Koori offenders.

The Koori court aims to:

There are a number of Koori courts in Vic, which are currently located at Bairnsdale, Broadmeadows, Latrobe Valley, Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Warrnambool Magistrates' Courts. Children’s Koori courts are also located in Melbourne and Mildura.

Abstract adapted from Magistrates Court of Victoria


Koori Court Unit
Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Level 6, 223 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
GPO Box 882
Melbourne VIC 3001
Ph: (03) 9032 0942

Related publications

Koori Court: a defendant's guide (2010)

Victorian Department of Justice

This brochure was designed for defendants in the Koori court program. It includes information on:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stroud N (2010)

The Koori Court revisited: a review of cultural and language awareness in the administration of justice.

Australian Law Librarian; 18(3): 184-192

Koori Court: information for legal representatives (2008)

Victorian Department of Justice

This brochure was designed as a practice resource for the legal representatives involved in Victoria's Koori court program. The brochure contains information on:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Koori Court (2006)

Victorian Department of Justice

This factsheet provides information on Victoria's Koori court program, including:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Marchetti E, Daly K (2004)

Indigenous courts and justice practices in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Evaluated publications

Harris M (2006)

'A sentencing conversation': evaluation of the Koori Courts Pilot Program: October 2002 – October 2004.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Justice


Last updated: 17 August 2015
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