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“Mediation within Aboriginal Communities: Issues and Challenges.”

O'Donnell, M.
June 4, 2015

Source: (1995) In: K. Hazlehurst (ed.), Popular Justice and Community Regeneration. London, UK: Praeger, pp. 45-65.

This article describes the Community Justice Programme (C.J.P.) within the Department of the Attorney-General in Queensland. CJP is attempting to provides resources, services and ideas to Aboriginal people to enable them to manage their own disputes. Issues of the neutrality of the mediator, confidentiality of the mediation process, whether mediation should be voluntary or mandatory and whether mediation should occur when violence is a current issue between disputants are discussed. Broader issues such as who should become mediators and how they will be trained will be considered, and questions about the appropriateness of traditional Western processes of dispute resolution are raised.


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