The Centre for Innovative Justice was established at RMIT University in October 2012 with former Victorian Attorney-General and Deputy Premier Rob Hulls as its inaugural Director.
As Attorney-General, Mr Hulls was known for his passion for therapeutic justice and human rights.
The mission of the Centre for Innovative Justice is to research, develop, teach and promote innovative ways of delivering justice.
The Centre is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to complex problems that manifest in the justice system. Our analysis is not limited to identifying problems within the system. We strive to develop practical ways to ensure the justice system acts as a positive intervention in the lives of its users. The Centre for Innovative Justice will research, translate, advocate and apply innovative/alternative ways to improve the justice system, locally, nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on appropriate/non-adversarial dispute resolution, therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice.
The Centre identifies, evaluates and promotes innovative strategies and programs emerging within justice systems both in Australia and internationally and contributes to public debate about the justice system through publication of articles, papers, and submissions, and through hosting events.
We also partner and collaborate with agencies and organisations involved in delivering innovative justice programs, to promote policy development and advocate for law reform and undertake commissioned research, policy development and evaluation projects
For students, the Centre provides placements and research opportunities, with practical exposure to the process of law reform and an understanding of the social context of the law, equipping them to use their legal training to advocate for and achieve change.
If you would like to get involved with the CIJ, please contact the centre directly by telephone on 9925 1139 or email.
Study Tour 2015
The CIJ conducted the inaugural JD study tour in July 2015.
The tour involved observations at Auckland’s specialist courts such as the Rangatahi Youth Court, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, the New Beginnings Homeless Court and workshops on restorative justice conducted by Massey University. The observations were followed by discussions with the presiding judges and court staff.
The tour was an outstanding success!
In 2016 the Centre will be organising a tour of Melbourne’s innovative courts, many of which were set up by the Director of the Centre, Rob Hulls, during his time as Attorney General of Victoria. Keep an eye out for further information of this tour early next year.
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