"First Nations lawyers call for urgent action on The Walama Court as a 'matter of urgency'"
First Nations lawyers in NSW have urged the state government to act fast in establishing the long-awaited Walama Court, designed to help divert Indigenous offenders from prison and limit reoffenders. This would be achieved by recognising Elders’ cultural authority and the importance of community-centred support for First Nations people.
The proposed court, located in and supported by the NSW District Court, takes its name from the word ‘come back’ in Dharug language and involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders in sentencing, discussions, rehabilitation and monitoring.
This new approach would aid the needs of First Nations people who are caught up in the criminal justice system. First Nations people are incarcerated at a 13.5x higher rate than non-Indigenous people and thus, The Walama Court should be considered a matter of urgency.
Read more about the goals and purpose of The Walama Court and its importance, here: