Access to Safe Justice in Australian Courts: Some Reflections upon Intelligence, Design and Process


There have been great strides taken in Australia recently to make our courts safer, principally through an emphasis on risk management. After all, governments have a responsibility to protect those who work in, or who visit, court precincts. A greater understanding of how court safety can be enhanced by managing people, curial processes and the court environment requires assessing the physical mechanisms of risk management alongside a ‘needs-focus’ of stakeholders’ safety considerations. At the same time there must be a focus on enabling participation and well-being in justice processes. By examining the way in which courts now operate around Australia and the developments in security intelligence, court design and processes, this paper seeks to outline how access to safe justice is possible.

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Published: 2013-09-11
Pages:133 to 147
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Sarre, R. and Vernon, A. (2013) “Access to Safe Justice in Australian Courts: Some Reflections upon Intelligence, Design and Process”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(2), pp. 133-147. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v2i2.116.

Author Biographies

Professor Rick Sarre teaches criminology and criminal law in the School of Law at the University of South Australia. He was educated in Adelaide (South Australia), Iowa (USA), Ontario (Canada) and Canberra (Australia). He currently serves as Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and on the Offenders Aid and Rehabilitation Services Board. He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Police Executive Symposium. In 1997 he taught at Graceland University, Iowa, USA, and in 2004 he (and his family) spent a semester at Umeå University, Sweden.

Dr Alikki Vernon is Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe Law School, Melbourne (Bundoora)