Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
In Victoria, the Koori court is a separate division of the Magistrates Court, County Court and Children’s Court, which exists to provide more inclusive and culturally appropriate sentencing outcomes to Aboriginal defendants. Koori Court hearings involve Koori Elders, Respected Persons, the Court Officer and the defendants’ families. The court seeks to impose orders that are culturally appropriate and to assist the Indigenous defendants to address the causes of their offending. The Koori Court was established as a division of the Magistrates Court in 1989. A Koori division of the Children’s Court was established in 2005 and of the Country Court in 2008.
Who can use the Koori Court?
The Koori Court is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants in criminal matters who plead guilty. For it to deal with a matter, the offender must:
- Have shown they are willing to take responsibility for their offending;
- Live within, or have been charged with offences within, its geographical boundary area; and
- Consent to being dealt with by the Koori Court.
How is the Koori Court different?
Magistrates and judges who decide matters in the Koori Court act on the advice of Aboriginal Elders and Respected Persons on cultural issues relating to the offender and the offending. The inclusion of these voices is intended to send a clear message to the defendant that the Koori community, as well as the mainstream community, disapproves of their actions. The Elders and Respected Persons can also explain kinship relationships and other cultural issues to the court and provide insight on how particular kinds of offending have affected the Aboriginal community.
As in the mainstream court, the ultimate decision about the sentence rests with the Magistrate or Judge.
The Koori Court is less formal than other courts. The proceedings are conducted in plain English and the defendant is allowed to speak for themself. The court aims to make it easier for Koori defendants to engage in a meaningful way with the system and to reduce their offending behaviour.
What sentencing options are available?
The Koori Court retains all the sentencing options available to conventional court hearings, including sending the offender to prison. Its goal is to structure sentences that are more culturally appropriate to Aboriginal offenders and in so doing reduce their chance of re-offending and increase their positive engagement in the justice system.
The Children’s Court
The Koori division of the Children’s Court has succeeded in engaging Koori youth who have limited support and are disconnected from their community. The involvement of Aboriginal Elders in the court has been reported to make young Koori people and their families feel more comfortable talking about issues that they ordinarily would not.
The Children’s Koori Court aims to reduce the over-representation of Koori youth in the Victorian juvenile justice system and increase Aboriginal ownership of the administration of justice.
A 2010 study found that its hearings:
- Involved more engagement between the young person and the decision-maker than other hearings;
- Were very supportive of the young person and validated them (but not their offending);
- Explained the sentence clearly to the young person;
- Were less formal than mainstream Children’s Court hearings.
However it was not possible to evaluate how successful the court has been in reducing recidivism given its relative newness and the small proportion of young offenders it deals with.
If you require legal advice or representation in a criminal matter or in any other legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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