Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 August
Melbourne Cricket Ground
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What does justice mean for victims of crime in the 21st century?
When victims of crime are asked what they want from our criminal justice system, they often respond that they just want “justice”, but what does justice really mean for victims in the 21st century?
The media often portrays justice simply in terms of harsher prison sentences and victims, by implication, as wanting retribution. Victims of crime however, have a broader and deeper view of what justice means to them. It is widely accepted that victims want to be included in the justice process and to be treated with respect. Yet is procedural justice more important to victims than the outcome? Is restorative justice or retributive justice?
This conference takes a critical look behind these slogans and asks what research and practice are really telling us. Considering the diversity of people as victims and the wide range of offences they experience, what are ways forward? Academics, practitioners and policy-makers will explore ways to move beyond debate to future pathways.
Featuring internationally renowned key note speaker, Professor Jo-Anne Wemmers from the University of Montreal (Canada), together with leading Australian academics and practitioners, this conference will explore what about justice matters to victims in the 21st century and how to get there.
Professor Jo-Anne Wemmers
Professor Kathleen Daly
Dr David Plater
Dr Robyn Holder
Greg Davies, Victims of Crime Commissioner of Victoria
How victims can influence legislation and policy
Models of support for victims: One size does not fit all
Contact Service Delivery Manager, Victim Support New Zealand
The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Manager, Eastern Victims Assistance Program
Incorporating victims’ rights and needs in the criminal justice system: Challenges and responses
Dr Robyn Holder and Dr Elaine Fishwick
Griffith University and University of Sydney
Churchill Fellow 2014
Chief Victims Advisor, New Zealand
Innovative justice: New ways of delivering justice
Manager Policy and Research, Centre for Innovative Justice
Director Victim Assist Queensland
Vulnerable victims : Working towards an accessible and inclusive criminal justice system
Executive Officer, Disability Justice Advocacy
Director Tasmanian Law Reform Institute
Dr Nanette Rogers S.C.
Crown Prosecutor, Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions
Legal representation for victims
Legal representation for crime victims is often seen as the means of ‘leveling the playing field’ between victims and accused and the remedy for their exclusion as parties to the criminal justice process. The concept of legal representation for victims in our adversarial
system is a complex one, particularly as its supporters often have different ideas about what it means and at what stage of the process it is most needed.
This panel discussion aims to ‘unpack’ what legal representation actually means, and at what stage of the process people see it as relevant and why. The panel will explore the implications of legal representation at different stages of the criminal justice process, the
particular issues that legal representation is seen to be addressing and whether there may be other alternatives to address these issues. It will also look at some of the implications for the justice system more broadly of extending legal representation to victims.
Her Honour Judge Sexton
County Court of Victoria
Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria
Professor Joanne Wemmers
Université de Montréal
Victoria Legal Aid
Dr David Plater
South Australian Law Reform Institute
See the full program
See all of the presentation abstracts and speaker biographies in the Conference program.