Nunga Court

The Nunga Court is a court designed to deal specifically with Aboriginal people who have pleaded guilty to an offence. The Nunga Court works differently from regular court in the following ways:

  • The magistrate sits off the bench, more at eye-level with the offender.
  • An Aboriginal justice officer or a senior Aboriginal person attends to advise on cultural and community matters.
  • The offender sits at the bar table with his/her lawyer and may have a relative sitting with him/her.
  • Once the prosecutor and the defence counsel have had their say, the offender, the family and community members, or the victim (if present), have a chance to speak to the magistrate. The magistrate may ask them questions to help him/her in the sentencing process.
  • Family and community members are encouraged to attend.
  • Aboriginal justice officers and an Aboriginal court orderly work in the court. They can help the offender, his/her family and members of Aboriginal community if they have queries about the court process or outcomes, for example, payment of fines, and conditions of bonds.

The Nunga Court operates in Port Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta and Ceduna where Aboriginal people are strongly represented.