Subject details

On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of innovative justice practice and court innovation being implemented in Victoria, elsewhere in Australia, at two key centres in New York or at the alternative international destinations
  2. show an awareness of the global issues associated with developing and implementing innovative approaches to justice practice
  3. critique the theory and practice in this area and to suggest options for law reform
  4. demonstrate an appreciation of the practical issues that arise in relation to innovative justice and court innovation.
    • Studying Innovative Justice and Court Innovation during the study tour.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


Important note: Students who wish to enrol into this subject should e-mail first, to receive a study tour application form. Students must be accepted by RMIT before enrolling into the subject. Please DO NOT ENROL into this subject if you have not contacted RMIT regarding the study tour application form.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Please note: Students who wish to apply should e-mail to receive a study tour application form. Students must be accepted by RMIT before enrolling into this subject.

This subject provides an introduction to the theory and practice of court innovation and innovative justice for the legal practitioner. Innovative Justice includes alternatives to traditional approaches to criminal justice, civil dispute resolution and legal service provision. Court innovation refers to the development of new legal institutions and approaches such as drug courts, mental health courts and Koori Courts. The Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University is dedicated to improving justice systems, locally, nationally and internationally by researching, translating, advocating and applying innovative or alternative practices with a particular focus on appropriate/non-adversarial dispute resolution, therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice and affordable justice.

The aim of the JD Study Tour is to introduce students to new approaches to the organisation of justice systems and the delivery of legal services, including innovative approaches that have been implemented in international jurisdictions. The subject will assist students to develop an understanding of innovative justice, court innovation and affordable justice and to engage with legal and practical issues that may accompany the adoption of such practices in Australia.

  • Research proposal (10%)
  • Research paper & presentation (90%)

Textbook information is pending.

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