I read today in The Age that Collingwood is to get a neighbourhood justice centre which includes a community representative on the magistrate selection panel.
I’m not entirely sure how the judicial appointment process works here yet, but if it’s anything like Aotearoa, they’re appointed by the Attorney-General and is announced by a press release, which is rarely picked up by the media.
So I see this as a positive move towards community engagement in the maintenance of community peace and justice. It will be interesting to see how it works out.
And some amusing news, the Victorian Police were looking at purchasing some Segways to use for city patrols. Nice idea, except for the unfortunate wee issue with the fact that they’re illegal!
Oh well, better luck next time.