Neighbourhood Justice Centre

Innovative Approaches to Justice: The NJC Experience

About the project

Problem-solving approaches to justice are directed at the underlying causes of offending and supporting and protecting communities. Much research shows that the approaches used in the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) in Australia work. They reduce crime and have a positive impact on the justice system, individuals and the broader community.

Project Outcomes

The NJC and the ACJI have collaborated to produce a package of materials to support Magistrates and others in adopting these approaches where appropriate. The materials focus on interventions, strategies and skills that can be used by Magistrates that support procedural justice and problem-solving.

These learning materials are made up of 6 modules, each of which has:

  1. Short online videos (usual length about 6 – 8 minutes)
  2. Resource materials and ‘tip sheets’

The modules are directed at various different approaches that can be used in courts. The videos feature court scenes, interviews, panel discussions and Magistrates talking about techniques they have found useful and that can benefit other judicial officers.


Innovative Approaches to Justice: The NJC Experience


If you would like to contact the researchers about any aspect of this study, please contact:

Australian Centre for Justice Innovation
Monash University Law Chambers
Level 1, 555 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Phone: +61 3 9903 8013
Fax: +61 3 9903 8504