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Our Therapeutic Justice team: Sej (Lawyer), David (Caseworker)

Shepparton Therapeutic Justice Program benefits clients and the community

People rarely present at court with a single issue. They may be charged with only one offence, but underlying health and personal issues often lurk in the background. Unless these issues are recognised and addressed, it is unlikely they will change their offending behaviour. Therapeutic approaches to justice recognise that people’s offending is complex. And […]

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Therapeutic Justice by the numbers

Therapeutic jurisprudence takes a holistic health and legal case management approach to help offenders address underlying health and personal issues that prevent them from dealing with their offending behaviour. It is an area of practice commonly associated with problem solving courts, such as the Koori Court. Since March 2015, Goulburn Valley CLC’s Therapeutic Justice Program with Primary Care Connect has helped hundreds of clients. So […]

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Magistrate Parson and Sejal Amin

Support for Therapeutic Justice project

Our Therapeutic Justice project recently drew on the advice and support of its Shepparton-based Reference Group and a visit to the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and the Drug Court, both in Melbourne. The Therapeutic Justice Program held its first TJP Reference Group Meeting earlier this month. The Reference Group provides high-level support and advice to the project. […]

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Meet our new Therapeutic Justice Lawyer

We are pleased to welcome lawyer Sejal Amin to our team here in Shepparton. Sejal (who prefers “Sej”) will be working on our Therapeutic Justice partnership with Primary Care Connect. Together with a full-time case worker, Sej will facilitate targeted and effective responses to clients with complex care needs. It’s great to have her on board. […]

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Methamphetamine Inquiry highlights postcode injustice

A recent Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the Supply and use of Methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria indicates that postcode injustice is behind the patchy response to the drug in regional and rural Victoria. In 2013 Goulburn Valley CLC made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee. In it we shared […]

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Justice Bites: Restorative Justice

Courts and the community often struggle to find innovative solutions to offending that take into account the needs of victims and the community, and the need to support criminals to not re-offend. Increasingly, those of us who work in the law are looking to Restorative Justice as a viable alternative to more traditional retributive responses […]

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Tackling growing Methamphetamine use

In our experience, substance abuse often goes hand in hand with offences involving dishonesty and violence (sometimes including family violence) affecting the community today. This is why we recently made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee, which is inquiring into the supply and use of methamphetamines. Shepparton suffer high […]

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The Justice Response to Victims of Crime

Department of Justice forum in Shepparton Victims of Crime Awareness Week highlights the issues faced by people affected by crime, and raises awareness of the services, programs and laws in Victoria to help victims and their families. This forum is open to anyone with an interest in victims rights and the criminal justice system. It is a […]

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Throwing justice baby out with parole bath water

Darren Linton (Senior Journalist, Weekend News, 24 August 2013) correctly made the point that while we as a community are pondering  the clear failures of the parole system in Victoria in recent times, we need to be very careful that we don’t end up with something far worse in its place. Whatever we might think […]

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