The Native Courtworker program is here to help ensure you understand the criminal justice process, at the earliest possible stage. As well as obtain fair, just, equitable & culturally sensitive treatment before the courts.
To provide Indigenous accused at the earliest possible stage, and all stages of the criminal justice process with timely and accurate information about:
NCCABC provides direct support to two First Nations Courts in the Province of BC, New Westminster and Duncan. NCCABC Case Management Support Workers liaise between Indigenous-accused and criminal justice personnel to help overcome communication barriers and reduce Indigenous alienation from the criminal justice system. This includes being available to provide appropriate information to the First Nations Court and/or speaking on behalf of the accused.
Our Case Management Support Workers further inform justice officials about the cultural traditions, historical trauma’s, values, languages, socio-economic conditions and other concerns of the Indigenous community and the perspective of Indigenous accused.
Our Case Manager Support Workers engage with clients to connect them with community resources and supports needed. This wrap-around support service model ensures clients in FNC are supported while carrying out their Healing plan. Healing plans are developed during FNC court in collaboration with the Elder’s Council, Crown and Duty Counsel, or ordered by the First Nations/Indigenous Court judge who have passed down probation or bail orders in the community.
June 2017 – Report funded by the Legal Services Society/Law Foundation Research Fund and presented to the Office of the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia and the Legal Services Society of British Columbia.