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Circle sentencing is an alternative sentencing court for adult Aboriginal offenders. It directly involves local Aboriginal people in the process of sentencing offenders, with the aims of making it more meaningful and improving confidence in the criminal justice system. It also empowers Aboriginal people to address criminal behaviour within their local communities.
The program operates in Nowra, Dubbo, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Lismore, Armidale, Kempsey and Mt Druitt. An Aboriginal Project Officer is located in each site where Circle Sentencing operates.
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Department of Justice, New South Wales
Parramatta Justice Precinct
160 Marsden Street
Locked Bag 5111
Parramatta NSW 2124
Ph: (02) 8688 7777
Fax: (02) 8688 7980
Circle sentencing is an alternative sentencing court for adult Aboriginal offenders, with full sentencing powers of a mainstream court. It is managed by the New South Wales Department of Justice and the Attorney-General. This fact sheet provides general information, including the objectives, outcomes and evaluation of circle sentencing.
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The Circle sentencing in New South Wales DVD was primarily designed as an educational tool for judicial officers but will also be of great benefit to other participants in circle sentencing, including police prosecutors, defence lawyers, project officers and Aboriginal elders. It explains in a very straightforward way how circle sentencing works, how to go about it and its benefits.
Circle sentencing is an alternative sentencing program which involves members of Aboriginal communities in the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders. The DVD provides insight into circle sentencing from the perspective of key players in the process, in particular, Aboriginal offenders discuss their first hand experience of circle sentencing and its positive effects.
The DVD was produced by the Judicial Commission and its production was greatly assisted by the expertise provided by the members of the Ngara Yura Committee.
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