Neighbourhood Justice Centre
The Neighbourhood Justice Centre was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind in Australia. The Neighbourhood Justice Centre combines a court with a variety of treatment and support services such as mediation, legal advice, employment and housing support, counselling and mental health services.
We work with the local Yarra population to prevent and reduce crime, improve safety and increase local confidence in and access to the justice system.
The sole magistrate at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre Court hears a variety of civil and criminal cases. The court is multi-jurisdictional and sits as a Magistrates Court, a Children’s Court (Criminal Division), Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
We run a unique process called Problem Solving, which helps people to address difficulties regarding their current matters before the court and assists them to get back on track. Our Neighbourhood Justice Officer sets up an out of court meeting at which the defendant, their legal representatives, and support people discuss the matters at court & tackle the defendant’s problems.
For further information, please refer to the NJC website via the Web and Legislation menu to the right.