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Under the guise of multiculturalism, the Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Barbara Mundell, has set up separate race-based courts for defendants convicted of aggravated DUI’s. Defendants who speak Spanish are sent to their own Hispanic court, which is conducted by Judge Mundell in Spanish. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, and members of the public must ask for headphones, if available, to have the proceedings translated into English.
Aboriginal Court Day began as an idea by magistrate Chris Vass, an active member of the Judicial Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program and manager of the northern court circuits, which include the Anungu Pitjantjatjara lands.
He discussed the idea with other magistrates and Aboriginal groups, State government agencies, the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, police prosecutors, lawyers and Aboriginal people.
An Aboriginal Court Day was seen as a way to better serve the needs of the community and to make courts less culturally alienating to Aboriginal people Link
The aim of specialist Indigenous courts is to make court processes more culturally appropriate, to engender greater trust between Indigenous communities and judicial officers, and to permit a more informal and open exchange of information about defendants and their cases. Indigenous people, organisations, elders, family and kin group members are encouraged to participate in the sentencing process and to provide officials with insight into the offence, the character of victim-offender relations, and an offender's readiness to change.
The first Indigenous court to operate in Australia was at Port Adelaide in South Australia in 1999. This Nunga Court was established by the magistrate, Chris Vass, who had a long experience in the administration of western law in indigenous communities in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Indigenous courts have been established in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland Link
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
i can see how hispanics will get a jury of their peers this way, but there are OTHER ways of ensuring that.
and haven't native americans gotten enough of a raw deal?