Join Chief Judge Dr John Lowndes, together in conversation with Dr Anthony Hopkins, as he shares his experience of the involvement of First Nations Australians in the criminal justice process in the Northern Territory.
This session will focus on a number of topics relating to the involvement of First Nations Australians in the criminal justice process in the Northern Territory and the extent to which that process provides “equal justice”. Though the focus will be on the experience in the Northern Territory and the challenges faced there, the conversation will be of interest to those concerned with criminal justice issues for First Nations peoples across Australia and internationally.
Topics to be covered include:
- Aboriginal language police cautions developed by the NT Aboriginal Interpreter Service;
- Protocols for working with interpreters in the Northern Territory Supreme Court and Local Court;
- The formulation of special rules of evidence to accommodate cultural differences such as the Anunga Rules and the extent to which those rules find expression in the Evidence (National Uniform) Legislation Act (NT);
- Issues relating to the examination and cross-examination of Aboriginal witnesses;
- The challenges faced by the trier of fact in assessing the credibility and reliability of indigenous witnesses, including the accused and finding the facts in a summary judge alone criminal trial;
- Aboriginal customary law and sentencing in the Northern Territory.