Asking about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity
Providing a fair, transparent and accessible service to all court users
The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria is committed to providing culturally safe and appropriate services to First Nations people.
We ask all people who come before the court whether they are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander so that we can respond in a culturally appropriate way.
We have a range of specialist services and staff that can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their families at court.
More information about these specialist court support services and programs, including our Koori Court is on our find support page.
How we will use this information
We will provide fair, transparent and accessible service to all our court users.
If you tell us that you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, it will provide us with valuable information to offer you culturally appropriate court services, support and programs and referrals to other organisations that can help you.
We will ask all court users if they identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander if they have not already provided this information.
You can choose not to provide information when asked this question.
We will record the answer you provide on our court system so that we can provide a culturally safe court experience and improve our data collection capacity.