Murri Courts : Indigenous Magistrate Courts : communicating for better outcomes

Clare, Jillian (2009) Murri Courts : Indigenous Magistrate Courts : communicating for better outcomes. In Hoover, Judith (Ed.) The Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Conference of the World Communication Association, World Communication Association, University of Ireland, Maynooth, pp. 1-27.

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In setting the scene for this paper, it is useful to briefly outline the history of the Queensland legal system. Our legal system was largely inherited from Britain, so it is, therefore, based in European-Western cultural and legal traditions. Alongside this, and over many thousands of years, Australian Indigenous communities devised their own socio-cultural-legal structures. As a result, when Indigenous people are drawn into interactions with our English-based law and court system, which is very different from Aboriginal law, they face particular disadvantages. Problems may include structural and linguistic differences, the complex language of the law and court processes, cultural differences, gender issues, problems of age, communication differences, the formalities of the courtroom, communication protocols used by judges, barristers, and court administrators, and particularly, the questioning techniques used by police and lawyers.

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ID Code: 32403
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Murri Court, Communication, Indigenous, Elders, Brisbane
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Organisational Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (200105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Access to Justice (180102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Jillian Clare
Deposited On: 27 May 2010 21:59
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:13

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