What if magistrates courts delivered a different kind of justice?

By Kirsty Duncanson, Stephanie Falconer, Emma Henderson, and Nicole Shackleton Magistrates Courts are the engine rooms of the Australian criminal justice system.  Ninety six percent of Australian criminal cases are heard in magistrates’ courts.  Most of these cases are heard… Continue Reading

Family Violence Intervention Orders: Effective Policy or a Piece of Paper?

By Pat Williamson-Hill In February 2014, Wayne Wood fatally stabbed Kelly Thompson in her Point Cook home. A coronial inquest found Ms Thompson made 38 calls to police in the weeks prior to her murder detailing breaches of the intervention order she… Continue Reading