Source: (1986) San Francisco, CA: Institute for Criminal Justice, 16p.

Modern community justice mechanisms or dispute settlement programs can be grafted upon customary or existing Australian Aboriginal methods of handling disputes. The Aboriginal dispute settlement process can have a complementary relationship with the criminal justice system, and it might be welcome as a diversionary alternative for minor offenses and disturbances of the peace. The author considers possible lines of mediation, referral, and processing; a judicial-informal system with an Aboriginal community council and courts; and a community-based autonomous system of community dispute resolution centers.