Community Courts

Community courts also known as community justice centres are a problem-solving court which primarily focuses on addressing local crimes and any concerns in the community. They provide mediation services to help resolve any disagreements which may be occurring in the community.

Community courts utilise principles in restorative justice, problem solving approaches and therapeutic jurisprudence. They attempt to find the underlying cause of crime within that neighbourhood to better access to justice and increase community cohesion.

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Neighbourhood Justice Centre