Course Title: JD Study Tour (CIJ): Innovative Justice and Court Innovation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: JD Study Tour (CIJ): Innovative Justice and Court Innovation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Prof Anthony Forsyth

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2000

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LAW1019 Introduction to Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of court innovation and innovative justice for the legal practitioner. Innovative Justice includes alternatives to traditional approaches to criminal justice, civil dispute resolution and legal service provision. Court innovation refers to the development of new legal institutions and approaches such as drug courts, mental health courts and Koori Courts. The Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University is dedicated to improving justice systems, locally, nationally and internationally by researching, translating, advocating and applying innovative or alternative practices with a particular focus on appropriate/non-adversarial dispute resolution, therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice and affordable justice.

The aim of the JD Study Tour is to introduce students to new approaches to the organisation of justice systems and the delivery of legal services, including innovative approaches that have been implemented in international jurisdictions. The course will assist students to develop an understanding of innovative justice, court innovation and affordable justice and to engage with legal and practical issues that may accompany the adoption of such practices in Australia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of innovative justice practice and court innovation being implemented in Victoria, elsewhere in Australia, at two key centres in New York or at the alternative international destinations.

2. Show an awareness of the global issues associated with developing and implementing innovative approaches to justice practice.

3. Critique the theory and practice in this area and to suggest options for law reform.

4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the practical issues that arise in relation to innovative justice and court innovation.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will utilise a range of learning activities including face to face lectures and seminars, small group work activities, class presentations and industry visits.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks are linked to the course objectives and topics. Assessment tasks include completion and presentation of a major proposal and research essay or industry project on an approved topic.