Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow by Rosemary Sheehan (auth.), Rosemary Sheehan, Allan Borowski

By Rosemary Sheehan (auth.), Rosemary Sheehan, Allan Borowski (eds.)

The Children’s courtroom is one in all society’s most crucial social associations. while, it's steeped in controversy. this is often in huge degree a result of endurance and complexity of the issues with which it offers, particularly, juvenile crime and baby abuse and forget. regardless of the significance of the Children’s courtroom as a method of protecting youngsters responsible for their anti-social behaviour and fogeys for the care in their childrens, it has no longer been the topic of shut research. definitely it has no longer been formerly studied nationally. This ebook, an edited assortment, relies at the findings of analysis that spanned the six States and Territories of Australia. The research sought to check the present demanding situations confronted via the Children’s courtroom and to spot fascinating and possible instructions for reform in every one kingdom and Territory. yet another certain function of this research is that it canvassed the perspectives of judges and magistrates who preside over this court.

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Camilleri et al. • Less turnover, full staffing of care and protection and youth justice agencies. • Further attention to the community needs of Indigenous young people. The circle sentencing court and its strengthening project were seen as a way of progressing this. There was less interest in finding alternatives to the criminal business of the court. However, there was interest in increasing diversionary and therapeutic accommodation options so that some young people do not need to be before the court for welfare, mental health and drug and alcohol and other complex needs.

Better resourcing for legal representation for children, young people and families so that they can spend more time with clients. • Training for all stakeholders in the issues which relate to their work in the Childrens Court. • More resources for early intervention for families, carefully managed family group conferencing prior to court action and support for families after children are removed from their full-time care to minimise further harm to those families and other children. • More options for young people both for diversion and disposition.

Other sources of ongoing ‘training’ included the in-court research officer who provides magistrates with the latest developments in law and research and the 3 months initial training to which all Local Court magistrates are subjected. Magistrates also believed that collegial support and the opportunity to debrief would be beneficial, particularly for magistrates who sit in single-magistrate courts in regional areas, considering the disturbing nature of some of the cases heard. Both care and crime solicitors mentioned their training through Legal Aid Commission and Continuing Legal Education through the College of Law and the Aboriginal Legal Service Annual Conference.

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