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“Family Conferencing in South Australia and Juvenile Justice Reform.”

Wundersitz, J
June 4, 2015

Source: (1994) In C. Alder and J. Wundersitz (eds.), Family Conferencing and Juvenile Justice: The Way Forward or Misplaced Optimism? Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. Pp 15-44.

The author describes the legislative changes occurring in South Australia leading to the Young Offenders Act which restructured that state’s approach to juvenile crime. These changes included family conferencing as an additional form of diversion. The types of cases handled by conferences, the referral process, and administering authority are described and compared with the New Zealand FGC process. The South Australia model is then compared and contrasted with the Wagga Wagga model of FGCs, and some concerns about both processes are raised


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