Research

Introduction

Research at ACJI is engaged in to provide the intellectual underpinnings for increased court efficiency and effectiveness and to support improved governance, continued development and implementation of court innovations and the adoption of non-adversarial justice and ADR approaches.

ACJI engages and works with industry, government and others in the areas of program design, piloting, monitoring and evaluation of justice system innovation and approaches. It has a broad approach and has considered justice issues from litigant, court, practitioner and stakeholder perspectives.

ACJI also operates a Research Consultancy in the areas of program design, piloting, monitoring and evaluation of court innovations and non-adversarial justice approaches. ACJI has completed consultancies in the areas of:

  • Best Practice in Family Dispute Resolution
  • Self Represented Litigants
  • Collaborative Law Workshops
  • Handling High Conflict Behaviours in Legal Disputes
  • Negotiation Skills Training
  • Judicial Dispute Resolution
  • Judicial Education Program Development
  • Developing Restorative Justice Conferencing Models

Current projects

ACJI is currently engaged in the following projects:

Project Title

Professional Standards for Complaints Managers and Handlers Project

Duration

2014 -

Funding

Professional Standards Councils

Project Summary

This project is supported by a grant from Professional Standards Councils to the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Australia (SOCAP Australia) and ACJI to create competency and ethical frameworks for complaint professionals as well as small to medium businesses that do not have dedicated complaint handling departments.

 

Project Title

Timeliness Project

Duration

2011 -

Funding

Department of Justice (Vic.), ACJI Establishment Grant

Project Summary

The Timeliness Project of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University aims to support the development of an objective theoretical framework for the assessment of timeliness in the Australian justice system and to assist courts and policy-makers in making decisions that promote timely dispute resolution and management into the future.

 

Past projects

ACJI has completed the following projects:

 

Project Title

Evaluating Alternative Dispute Resolution in Taxation Disputes

Duration

2013-2014

Funding

Australian Taxation Office

Project Summary

In 2013-2014, ACJI was engaged by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in response to a recommendation from the Inspector-General of Taxation to provide an independent dispute resolution evaluation system for participants in taxation disputes.

 

Project Title

Extend Drink Driving Project

Duration

2013-2014

Project Summary

Professor Arie Freiberg and Liz Richardson, Senior Researcher from ACJI, worked with representatives from the Magistrate's Court of Victoria, the Dandenong Drug Court, Victoria Police and Associated Drink Driver Services Australia (ADDSA) to develop a proposal for a pilot Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Suspended Court List. This court list is modelled on the successful DWI Courts that operate in the United States and are a type of problem-solving court that seek to tackle the underlying causes of offending for serious repeat drink drivers.

Following extensive consultation and preparation, the court list will operate in the Magistrate's Court of Victoria in 2014, with offenders placed on individualised community correction orders that will incorporate rehabilitation programs, alcohol interlock devices, alcohol testing, among other conditions, under judicial supervision.

  • For more information, contact Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg at acji@monash.edu.

 

Project Title

Family Support Program Family Law Services Project

Duration

2012-2013

Funding

Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department

Project Summary

ACJI was selected to conduct a research project about Family Support Program family law services with Allen Consulting Group for the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. ACJI prepared a background Literature Review, and contributed to the final report. ACJI also completed place-based studies with service providers, over 270 telephone and online surveys of Family Support Program clients, and focus groups with stakeholders. ACJI completed a report for Allen Consulting Group detailing the results of the User Experience Survey and contributed to the Final Report which was published on 1 May 2013.

 

Project Title

Innovative Approaches to Justice: The NJC Experience Project

Duration

2012-2013

Funding

Neighbourhood Justice Centre

Project Summary

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC), Australia's first community court, recently collaborated with ACJI to develop a range of resources for Australian and other judicial officers that contribute to the development of therapeutic and similar effective strategies in courts. The materials build on current practice through the unique experience of the NJC, addressing systemic issues and individual skills development.

Expertly produced, the resources use a range of media to articulate successful elements, principles and practices of the NJC. Access to the short videos, resource materials and ‘tip sheets' is free through Civil Justice Online website.

This exciting collaboration is an expression of the growing local and international interest in innovation in justice delivery and of the potential of such partnerships to shape modern and innovative justice systems.

 

 

Project Title

Restorative Justice Conferencing Project

Duration

2012

Funding

Environment Protection Authority (Vic.)

Project Summary

The primary focus of the Consultancy for Development of a Restorative Justice Conferencing Model within the Environment Protection Agency Victoria (EPA) was to assist the EPA to develop a restorative conferencing model that can be used in EPA matters. ACJI set out a training package for use within the EPA and a development plan to create an effective conferencing model.

 

Project Title

Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Project

Duration

2012

Funding

Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department

Project Summary

The Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Project - Analysis of Evaluation Data on Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) in the Civil Justice System represents the first step in a longer-term initiative to determine the prevalence of Self-Represented-Litigants (SRL) (and ‘unrepresented' litigant) cases in federal courts and tribunals across Australia.

 

Project Title

Creating a Civil Justice Clearinghouse Project

Duration

2011-2012

Funding

Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, GOAP Funding

Project Summary

ACJI received funding in 2011/12 from the Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department under their Grants for Australian Organisations Program (GAOP) to develop a civil justice research clearinghouse.

In 2012 ACJI launched Civil Justice Research Online (www.civiljustice.info).

 

Project Title

Pre-action Protocols Project

Duration

2011-2012

Funding

 

Project Summary

Pre-action Obligations Research Project assessed the use and effectiveness of pre-action schemes and obligations that encourage people to resolve their disputes before filing proceedings with a court or tribunal.