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Being a Community Justice Group is probably the activity Junkuri Laka has been involved in the longest, since its start in 1998.  The idea of CJG's first arose following a series of deaths in custody of Aboriginal people and the large investigations that followed from that.  Aboriginal people are only about 5% of the population, but they represent some 40% of the prison population.  Deaths in custody are therefore much higher for aboriginal people also.  One of the ways in which governments have sought to address this problem is by improving the information available to courts when sentencing aboriginal people.  Another way is by providing as much help as possible to aboriginal people when dealing with the court system.  CJG's play an important role in both these objectives.  Some of the 50 Justice Groups in Queensland work in remote aboriginal communities.  The Junkuri Laka Justice Group is one of those.  They have additional functions, including providing information and advice to the Minister responsible for the Alcohol Management Plans.

The work of a Justice Group and its powers come from a special law.  This law also provides for the rules for Justice Groups and the way one can become a member.  The Justice Group membership is an official position in which people are accepted by Ministerial decree and after being gazetted in the Queensland Gazette.

The current Junkuri Laka Justice Group members are:

  • Louisa Roughsey (chairperson)
  • Hugh Ben
  • Roger Kelly
  • Bradley Wilson
  • Sean Linden
  • Mary Cameron
  • Roger Kelly
  • Annie Chong
  • Richard Roughsey
  • Christopher Loogatha
  • Marina Evans
  • Edgar Wilson