Our criminal legal system ensures that the question of whether someone is guilty is determined according to rules of evidence, and that the rights of the accused are protected. However, the people most directly impacted by the crime – the victim and offender – have very little direct involvement. Victims often feel marginalised within criminal proceedings. Offenders can feel bewildered and overwhelmed by the weight of the adversarial system bearing down upon them. There is little space for recognition of the human element of the crime – how the victim has been harmed, and how the offender might take true responsibility for the harm. Restorative justice conferencing provides a safe, supportive forum in which the victim can tell their story directly to the offender, and the offender has the opportunity to acknowledge the harm they have caused. Participation can be an important step for victims' recovery. A conference can be a significant turning point for offenders, assisting them to set a new course for their lives.
The Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University (the CIJ), is running a pilot restorative justice conferencing program for people impacted by serious motor vehicle collisions – where a death or a serious injury has occurred. Lindi Wall will share her experiences of participating in a restorative justice conference through the CIJ’s program. Rob Hulls, CIJ Director and former Victorian Attorney-General will discuss the context of the development of the CIJ’s program. Nareeda Lewers of the CIJ will share insights from implementing the program.


Rob Hulls
Centre for Innovative Justice
Director

Biography: Rob Hulls began his career as a Solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria and then worked for five years in Aboriginal Legal Aid work in Far North Queensland before going on to serve in Federal Parliament in the seat of Kennedy. Returning to Victoria, Rob entered state politics and, over the course of 11 years in Government, served as Victorian Attorney-General and a number of other key Ministerial portfolios, including as Deputy Premier. As Attorney-General, Rob instigated significant changes to Victoria's legal system which saw the establishment of the state's first Charter of Human Rights, the establishment of a range of specialist courts and a significant increase in the diversity of judicial appointments. In October 2012 Rob was appointed Adjunct Professor at RMIT and was invited to establish the new Centre for Innovative Justice as its inaugural Director. The CIJ’s objective is to develop, drive, and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users. The CIJ has facilitated the establishment of a multi-disciplinary practice on site with lawyers and social workers together with students providing wrap-around services to female prisoners.


Lindi Wall

Legal Professional and Restorative Justice Conference Participant Graduated Nottingham University with BAHons in Politics in 1974. Graduated Uni of Tasmania LLB Hons 1989. In legal practice in Hobart from 1989 to 2008 specialising in civil litigation. Former member of Anti Discrimination Tribunal (Tas) , Forensic Tribunal and a member of the Guardianship and Administration Board since 2005. Since 2008 working as a conciliator for the Tasmanian Dept of Justice in the Health Complaints Commission, the Magistrates Court and ADT. Volunteer lawyer at Hobart Community Legal Service from 1989 until 2010. Founding Board member of the Environmental Defenders Office (Tas) 1996-2016.

Biography: Graduated Nottingham University with BAHons in Politics in 1974. Graduated Uni of Tasmania LLB Hons 1989. In legal practice in Hobart from 1989 to 2008 specialising in civil litigation. Former member of Anti Discrimination Tribunal (Tas) , Forensic Tribunal and a member of the Guardianship and Administration Board since 2005. Since 2008 working as a conciliator for the Tasmanian Dept of Justice in the Health Complaints Commission, the Magistrates Court and ADT. Volunteer lawyer at Hobart Community Legal Service from 1989 until 2010. Founding Board member of the Environmental Defenders Office (Tas) 1996-2016.


Nareeda Lewers
Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
Restorative Justice Project Coordinator -

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