The proposed establishment of a ‘crossover list’ in the Children’s Court of Victoria.

Magistrate Jennifer Bowles1
1Churchill Trust, Malvern, Australia

Magistrate Bowles was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore options for providing therapeutic treatment services to young people suffering from severe substance misuse issues. One of the recommendations of her Fellowship Report entitled ‘What Can Be Done…’ was the establishment of a crossover list in the Children’s Court of Victoria to ensure a holistic approach is adopted in relation to young people who are the subject of proceedings in both the Criminal and Family (child protection) Divisions of the Court. Magistrate Bowles draws on her observations of the Crossover Court in New Zealand. Magistrate Bowles will discuss the rationale for the recommendation and progress to date.


Biography:

Jennifer Bowles has been a Victorian Magistrate for 20 years. The majority of this time has been spent in the Children’s Court of Victoria. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to explore treatment options for young people suffering from severe substance misuse issues. Magistrate Bowles is an associate researcher regarding the establishment of a ‘crossover list’.

 

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