Celebrating 10 Years of CISP

The Court celebrated 10 years of the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) at a special event at the State Library of Victoria on Monday.

Over 100 stakeholders attended the event at the library, including magistrates, CEOs and senior executives from government and non-government sectors.

The event featured addresses by the Attorney-General, the Hon. Martin Pakula, and the Chief Magistrate as well as a panel discussion on the future of bail-support programs.   

The panel was made up of eminent experts in the field including: 

  • Adjunct Professor Rob Hulls, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT
  • Professor Emeritus Arie Freiberg AM, Monash University
  • Deputy Chief Magistrate, Jelena Popovic
  • Helen Fatouros, Executive Director - Criminal Law Services, Victoria Legal Aid
  • The panel was facilitated by Professor Kathy Laster, Director at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University.  

What is CISP?

CISP is a court-based support program that aims to reduce reoffending by addressing issues underlying offending behaviour.  It was developed collaboratively between the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. The program is supported by a number of government, non-government and private sector services. These services include accommodation support, psychological and mental health assessment services, acquired brain injury and alcohol and other drug treatment services.