Indigenous incarceration rates have repeatedly been described as a national crisis. In NSW, Indigenous people are 14 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-indigenous people. The rate is even higher for Indigenous women and youth.
These rates have been universally condemned as unacceptable for decades. Clearly, current approaches to reducing indigenous incarceration are not working. How can NSW mind the Indigenous justice gap and reduce the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system? Specific approaches such as justice reinvestment, therapeutic justice and trial Koori Courts are attempting something different. Join our panel, facilitated by Larissa Behrendt, as they look directly at the problem and discuss meaningful reform.
Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm (refreshments at 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start)
Venue: The Law Society of NSW, Level 3, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW
CPD Units: 1.5
Cost: Member - $75.00 incl. GST
BOOK NOW – Mind the Gap – Advancing Indigenous Justice
Member $75 (incl. GST)
Professor Larissa Behrendt
Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman who holds the Chair of Indigenous Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of UNSW and Harvard Law School. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues and several novels and has written and produced short films and documentaries. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She is the host of Speaking Out on the ABC Local Radio and Radio National.
Judge Matthew Myers AM – Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Adjunct Professor of Law UNSW, ALRC Commissioner Inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM was appointed as an ALRC Commissioner in February 2017 to lead the inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in 2011. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at UNSW. Judge Myers was awarded the NSW Law Society President’s medal in 2011 and received the award of Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for services to the community in the area of welfare and family law.
Magistrate Sue Duncombe- Magistrate Children’s Court of NSW, Youth Koori Court
Magistrate Sue Duncombe was sworn in as a Magistrate of the Local Court and appointed to the Children’s Court in 2010. In February 2015 Magistrate Duncombe presided over the first sitting of the NSW Youth Koori Court which began its operation on a pilot basis that year. She continues that work at Parramatta Children’s Court. Prior to her appointment Magistrate Duncombe was a Foundation Director of the Mawul Rom Association and worked closely with the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land developing and delivering cross cultural mediation, negotiation and leadership training.
Sarah Hopkins – Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and Managing Solicitor of Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT
Sarah Hopkins is Chair of the Just Reinvest NSW and the Managing Solicitor of Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service ACT/NSW and is an accredited specialist in criminal law. She is a member of the NSW Bar Association’s Joint Working Party on the Over-representation of Indigenous People in the NSW Criminal Justice System. Sarah is Project Director of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which was the recipient of the 2015 National Rural Law and Justice Award. In 2017 she was named the Community Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW.
Melanie Hawyes - Executive Director Juvenile Justice NSW
Since Melanie was appointed to the role of Executive Director, she has begun a significant wide-ranging review and reform of Juvenile Justice, focusing on implementing improved training and support for frontline staff. Prior to joining Juvenile Justice, Melanie held senior roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Office of Environment and Heritage. Melanie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science from The University of Queensland, and a Masters of Environmental Law from Sydney University.