Indigenous and Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Courts

  • Elena MarchettiEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity and Criminal Justice book series (PSREICJ)


Innovations in court practices to respond to the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system and to provide more culturally appropriate forums in which Indigenous offenders can more fully engage and understand the justice process to which they have been subjected, have been introduced in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA in various forms. This chapter begins exploring the theoretical frameworks and political movements that might explain the emergence of such innovative processes. It draws together a number of reports, articles and chapters that have described the evolution of innovative Indigenous justice practices that been adopted in the USA, Canada and New Zealand, providing an account of why there was a need for these new justice practices and how they were established. The second part of this chapter focuses on the debates that discuss whether or not ‘informal’ or innovative justice practices, including culturally appropriate sentencing practices, are appropriate for responding to Indigenous partner violence.


Navajo Peacemaking Courts Navajo Nation Courts Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Saskatchewan Cree Circuit Court Alberta tsuu T’ina Peacemaking court Aboriginal Courts Circle Sentencing Peacemaking Circles Indigenous People’s Courts Marae-Youth Courts Ngā kooti Rangatahi Courts Matariki Courts New Zealand Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court Domestic and Family Violence Courts Barndimalgu Court Indian Tribal Courts Therapeutic jurisprudence Restorative justice Transformative justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffith Law SchoolGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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