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Magistrates' Court of Victoria recognised for increasing support and services for accused persons

Media release

23 November 2016

The Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) is a court-based pre-sentence support program which today received a gold award in the community-led category of the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

“Established by the Magistrates' Court of Victoria and the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation, the CISP helps to ensure that accused persons have access to support and services to reduce their re-offending and make communities safer,” said Deputy Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic, lead magistrate for the CISP.

“Our program links participants with support such as drug and alcohol treatment, crisis and long term accommodation, mental health, acquired brain injury and disability services and provides regular feedback to magistrates on the progress of each participant.

“Being judged as a winner of an ACPVA is a significant achievement for the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, as the award recognises the positive changes the CISP has made to peoples lives over the past 10 years, and it is an honour for the Court to receive such a prestigious award.

“This is something that we are extremely proud of,” Magistrate Popovic said.

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects

“This initiative was recognised by the ACVPA Board as it aims to provide individualised and coordinated services to reduce further offending among accused persons and offenders presenting to the courts with complex needs,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

The projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa

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