Welcome to NAAJA
The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) delivers high quality and culturally proficient Aboriginal legal services to the Top End of the Northern Territory.
Our Vision is True Justice, Dignity and Respect for Aboriginal people.
Our Mission is to deliver a range of innovative, high quality, culturally proficient legal services to Aboriginal people and the community.
CLE Good New Stories – April/May
The CLE Team had a few busy months in the lead up to the dry season. In the March Lajamanu trip, the CLE team facilitated a successful meeting between the Kurdiji Law & Justice group and Magistrate Sue Oliver. “Community Law Stories”, the CLE Short Film project, is well and truly in production. The CLE team, with the assistance of a NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust grant, has developed an exciting cross-cultural resource, comprising a cultural handbook and film series focused on the community of Gunbalanya, titled “Karriyolyolme Konda Kunred – Talking About this Country Gunbalanya.
More on these stories here
NAAJA launch Gunbalanya Community Cultural DVD
There was excitement in community as NAAJA rolled out the red carpet and launched the Gunbalanya Community Cultural DVD and Handbook at the school as part of the West Arnhem College culture week.
Approximately 30 VIPS attended special screening of the main film – Karriyolyolme Konda Kunred – part of NAAJA’s Cross Cultural resource developed in collaboration with Gunbalanya’s traditional owners and community leaders. Even the Hon Warren Snowden MP dropped by and attended the launch.
The overwhelming feedback from the community has been a really positive one – with the potential to screen the film as part of Injalak’s launch of their new interactive space on 10 June 2015.
NAAJA and NTCOSS are currently conducting a justice reinvestment (JR) project in Katherine through funding provided by the NT Law Society.
JR is a strategy seen as having real potential to contain escalating rates of Aboriginal incarceration, particularly through its focus on building local community capacity to tackle underlying causes of offending.
The project is at this stage consulting with the community of Katherine to identify its level of interest in introduction of JR initiatives specifically designed to tackle offending by young Indigenous people and what those initiatives might look like.
JR initiatives might focus (for example) on substance abuse, engagement with school, family support and/or reform of the criminal justice system.
For more information please contact:
Fiona Allison, Senior Research Officer, The Cairns Institute, and Faculty of Business, Law and Creative Arts, James Cook University
NAAJA thrilled to attend the launch of the Plain English Language Dictionary for Criminal Law
The ground breaking project, a four year collaboration between NAAJA, AIS and ARDS, is most likely an Australian first to explain frequently used criminal law concepts and terms. The dictionary provides a resource for judicial officers, Aboriginal interpreters and legal professionals working with speakers of Aboriginal languages. The collaborators received funding from the NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust.
The dictionary can be accessed here
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