Community Justice Group Program
About the program
The Community Justice Group (CJG) Program provides funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations dedicated to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.
CJGs were first established in 1993 in North Queensland and the program has since expanded across the state to close to 50 groups.
The program supports these groups to work with their local community to develop strategies for dealing with justice-related issues, and reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the justice system.
Role of a community justice group
A community justice group is usually formed when community members come together voluntarily to help reduce crime and social problems in their community.
Nearly all CJG members are volunteers and include Elders, traditional owners, Respected Persons and community members of ‘good standing’.
CJGs are run by members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and provide a community-based response to local issues, working cooperatively with magistrates, police, corrective services personnel and staff from other government agencies.
They implement ideas to improve the quality of life in their community, and have the support of the local police, council and other government agencies.
By working within the formal criminal justice system and in the community itself, CJGs empower their communities to address criminal justice issues.
CJGs perform three important activities:
- making cultural submissions to the Magistrates Court on behalf of defendants
- identifying and promoting treatment and support programs for defendants to help magistrates in their bail and sentencing decision making
- assisting and directing defendants as they progress through Murri Court.
They encourage diversionary processes, and develop networks with government and non-government agencies, to ensure issues affecting Indigenous communities are addressed.
Locations of CJGs
The following CJGs are located in remote, regional and urban centres:
Aurukun, Bamaga, Cherbourg, Doomadgee, Hopevale, Injinoo, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Mornington Island, Napranum, New Mapoon, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Seisia, Umagico, Woorabinda, Wujal Wujal , Yarrabah, Brisbane, Badu Island, Boigu Island, Caboolture, Cairns, Charters Towers, Cleveland, Cloncurry, Coen, Cunnamulla, Darnley Island, Goondiwindi, Horn Island, Inala, Ingham, Ipswich, Kubin Community, Kuranda, Logan, Mabuiag Island, Mackay, Maryborough, Mossman, Mt Isa, Murray Island, Normanton, Rockhampton, Saibai Island, St Paul’s Community, St George, Tablelands, Thursday Island, Toowoomba, Townsville, Warraber Island, Yam Island, and Yorke Island.
Contact the Indigenous Justice Program for more support.