Brisbane Murri Court Coordinator

Industry: Community Services & Development

Location: Brisbane QLD

Date Listed: 22 Feb 2021

Close Date: 12 Mar 2021

Five Bridges is an established not-for-profit organisation, born from a passion to assist local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a hands on, feet to the ground manner that will see our local communities flourish.

Our programs and services are focused on assisting local Indigenous individuals and families in a real and practical way, from our Court Support programs that assist Indigenous offenders to navigate the judicial system, to our men's and women's yarning circles that connect people in the local community to the help and support they need.

The Community Justice Group (CJG) Program and Murri Court was established in 1993 in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).

Community Justice Groups aim to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are being over-represented in the Criminal Justice System through sensitising the justice system to the needs and cultural values of Our Mob. Through the ongoing support of members within the Community Justice Group, community, stakeholders and government agencies, the Community Justice Group is strengthened in reducing the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

The Murri Court provides a culturally appropriate court process in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is respected and acknowledged. Murri Court is supported by Elders and Respected Persons from the Community Justice Group. The Elders/Respected Persons and the Coordinator provide The Courts oral and written submissions regarding a defendants personal and cultural background.

About the Role

The Murri Court Coordinator aims to provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants appearing before Supreme, District and Magistrate courts. The Coordinator is employed by Five Bridges, the sponsoring body that provides governance, recruitment, and management responsibilities for the Brisbane Murri Elders Community Justice Group.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Prepare and present written/oral sentencing submissions to the courts
Prepare and present written/oral bail submissions to the courts
Attend court sittings to provide assistance to victims and offenders
Link victims with support and legal services
Effectively communicate with court stakeholders, staff, and other major key stakeholders, including Five Bridges, DJAG staff and other CJG groups.
Facilitate improve links between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and statutory workers, Queensland Police, Courts and other agencies and services that have interactions with the justice system.
Organise and arrange meetings with Community Justice Group members and keep and maintain records of all minutes.
Organise and implement programs in consultation with the CJG
Manage, develop, and deliver reports to the Department, court staff and auspice body, ensure being accurate and thorough.
Follow work directions as provided by Five Bridges
Maintain confidentiality of conversations from persons
Maintain confidentiality of documents and files
Organise and arrange office to ensure it is kept in a professional manner.
Establish and maintain records and filing systems
Ensure ongoing communication with the auspice body and the department.

Requirements:

Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Positive Notice Blue Car and Police Check.
Sound interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal in public settings include demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Demonstrated ability to effectively perform duties in an organisation, achieving goals and meeting deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate meetings and appointments with a broad range of stakeholders.
Sound knowledge or the ability to rapidly acquire sound knowledge of court processes, legislation, practices, and trends relating to the Criminal Justice System in Queensland.
Sound knowledge of computer technology systems and programs to assist with managing tasks and developing reports.

If you meet these requirements and are interested in the position, please apply below with your COVER LETTER and RESUME.

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***Please note only candidates that are successful in moving to the next stage of recruitment will be contacted further***

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