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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs: CPD Series

The LIV is proud to partner with the Magistrates' Court of Victoria to deliver a series that provides information, resources and CPD on the MCV's specialists courts and programs. Attend these free sessions to obtain essential information to ensure you are up to date and prepared when appearing in each Court, including what’s important, what’s different and why.  

Series overview

Session details

MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Koori Court | Tuesday 20 July, 4.30–6pm

MCV’s Koori Court is a culturally appropriate sentencing court for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants who plead guilty. The Koori Court facilitates conversations with the defendant and their family and lawyer sitting around an oval table, directly engaging with Koori Court Elders, the magistrate, Victoria Police, Corrections and a Koori Court officer to address underlying issues. Elders and Respected Persons (ERPs) and Koori Court officers reduce cultural alienation, strengthen accountability and ensure the process is culturally safe. Sentencing decisions informed by cultural conversations are more appropriate to cultural needs and divert Koori defendants from prison wherever appropriate. In this session, learn about the process of referring clients, why Koori Court is so important and the delivery of justice in this space.

Note: This session has already occurred. Click here to find the recording of this session.


MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Assessment & Referral Court (ARC) | Tuesday 24 August, 4.30–6pm

The Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) is a specialist therapeutic and solution-focused court designed to ensure access to justice and improved outcomes for accused individuals who have a mental illness and/or cognitive impairment. It works collaboratively with the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) to provide a wide range of support. ARC operates on a problem-solving court model, where the magistrate hears the matters and reviews the accused person’s progress in a less formal setting. A guilty plea is required before an individual support plan is developed. Participants can be involved from three to 12 months.

Learn about how to practice effectively in ARC, how to refer clients and how they can get the most out of this specialist court.

Note: This session has already occurred. Click here to find the recording of this session.


MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Drug Court | Monday 18 October, 4.30–6pm

The MCV’s Drug Court provides offenders with a drug and/or alcohol dependency the option to undertake a drug and alcohol treatment order (DATO) in lieu of serving a sentence. Support from case managers, clinical advisors, alcohol and drug counsellors, the police and Victoria Legal Aid is central in assisting participants achieve treatment and recovery goals. In this session, learn about the process of referring clients, why Drug Court (DC) is so important and the delivery of justice in this space.

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MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Family Violence Matters | Tuesday 30 November, 4.30–6pm

As part of its court operations, the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria provides a number of specialist courts and programs that aim to improve outcomes for court users and the community. This includes implementing recommendations from the 2016 Royal Commission into family violence. Some of these recommendations relate to the MCV’s Specialist Family Violence Courts (SFVC), which commenced sitting in 2019.

This session in the MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD series will teach you best practice in the family violence space. Learn how to effectively prepare and present family violence matters in the Magistrates’ Court and what supports and services are available.

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Recordings

Recordings from the MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series will be made available on this page shortly after each session.

MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Koori Court Recording

MCV Specialist Courts & Programs CPD Series: Assessment & Referral Court (ARC) Recording

 


Offered in partnership with the Magistrates' Court of Victoria