Category Archives: Language and the Law

You understand, don’t you?

This short video was made during the ‘Language and Law’ conference at the Northern Territory Supreme Court in 2012. The video cleverly highlights some of the problems faced by witnesses and defendants who speak an Aboriginal language as their first … Continue reading

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Koori Court

The Koori Court emerged from recommendations made from the RCIADIC (Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody) It has been created under the Magistrates Court Act of 2002. The Koori court system is an alternate option for processing Aboriginal defendants. … Continue reading

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Aboriginal English and the Legal System

Munya Andrews speaks on the subject of Indigenous language and contact with the law. She makes the point that the Australian justice system is culturally specific and alienating to Aboriginal people. It’s laws, values systems that decide those laws, the … Continue reading

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ABC Far North Queensland – bilingual programmes

ABC Far North Queensland provides an MP3 audio of Sam Davis interviewing teacher Trevor Stockley (among other audio MP3s including The North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Language Corporation [NQRALC] Chair, Troy Wyles-Whelan addressing the standing committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs … Continue reading

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Language and the Law on ABC radio.

A discussion  titled ‘is it possible to obtain justice in a language or dialect that is not your own?’ was held on ABC radio’s Big Ideas programme last week. The discussion panel consisted of law experts, human rights experts and … Continue reading

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