The Neighbourhood Justice Centre has marked 10 years since it first opened its doors in Collingwood.
The centre is the only community justice centre in Australia and works with local organisations and community members to deliver a range of holistic on-site services in the City of Yarra. These services include access to victims’ support, mediation, specialised mental health assistance, drug and alcohol treatment, counselling, housing support, Koori support services and legal advice.
The centre operates the Neighbourhood Justice Centre Court, which hears matters from a range of jurisdictions including the Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Victims of Crime Tribunal.
Criminal proceedings before the court focus on rehabilitation, ensuring that offenders have access to a range of services to help reduce recidivism and support their reintegration into the community.
Today’s event also marks the retirement of Neighbourhood Justice Director Kerry Walker. Ms Walker has been the Director since it opened and has led a range of innovative justice responses.