Cannon, Andrew. 2007. South Australia: Nunga Court II – Aboriginal Sentencing Conferences.
The Nunga Court was initiated by Chris Vass SM in South Australia and has been
copied with variations to suit local Aboriginal communities around the country. Its
success is due to two key factors. One is the involvement of respected community
elders to advise the court and to counsel the defendant, including elements of
shaming, by making him or her realise the impact of the crime on his or her
community. The other is a change of style by the magistrate, who participates more
and takes and gives advice. The process is by both these changes is more relevant to
the Aboriginal community and less alienating to the defendant. However, the process
is defendant focussed, has depended on a few Magistrates who have specialised in this
work, and has been relatively time intensive for the Magistrates.