The Community Justice Group (CJG) provides essential support and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and offenders within the criminal justice system. The Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) provides funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to develop strategies within their communities for dealing with justice-related issues and to decrease Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contact with the criminal justice system.
The majority of our CJG members are Elders, traditional owners and respected persons.
The Community Justice Group's role is to support Indigenous victims and offenders at all stage of the legal process. They encourage diversionary processes (such as encouraging offenders to engage with the Indigenous Sentencing List) and develop networks with other government agencies to ensure that issues impacting on Indigenous communities are addressed.
CJG's provide two (2) important activities:
- the making of appropriate cultural submissions to the Magistrates Court and;
- the identification and promotion of supporting programs that assist Magistrates in decision making
The Elders Justice Group engage in the Indigenous Sentencing List previously known as Murri Court) held every Wednesday at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.