Place-based justice

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre has one overarching goal: Make the places we live, work, and raise families safe and resilient.

This is the foundational goal of community justice, and so it is ours.  

Who we are

The NJC is 'one-stop-justice-centre' comprising a court, support services, and specialists in justice innovation, communication, and education.

We are Australia's first community justice centre, a member of a worldwide network of around 50 such centres, and a International Mentor Court for community justice. 

Part of Magistrates' Courts of Victoria, we have been proudly serving the City of Yarra since 2007.

Our focus

  • Preventing and reducing criminal and other harmful behaviour in our community
  • Increasing our community's confidence in, and access to, the justice system 
  • Strengthening the community justice model and facilitating the transfer of its practices to other courts and communities.

Under our roof

Multi-jurisdictional court and tribunals

  • Magistrates' Court 
  • Children's Court (criminal division)
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Victims of Crime Tribunal

Legal teams 

  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Fitzroy Legal Services

Correctional services

  • Community Correctional Services Victoria

And our model includes:

  • Community focused crime prevention  
  • Community justice education and communications
  • Justice services research and development (innovation)

Client services

Social and treatment services that include:

  • mental health issues, housing, drug and alcohol addiction, financial difficulties, family violence, men's behaviour issues, and homelessness. 

We also provide specialised services for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the LGBTI community, and refugee and migrants.

Specialist teams

  • Community crime prevention:  works with the services, business and residents to improve community safety and resilience
  • Education:  runs workshops, information sessions, mentoring, internships, for professionals and students
  • Justice Innovation:  develops new justice services 
  • Communications:  shares our work to influence the expansion of community justice

"One of our clients called the NJC her ‘home away from home’. When we help one person, we help the community. 
Few courts receives such praise. Feedback like this makes us proud of what we do, and makes us work harder to evolve."

Ann, NJC Communications