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Judges go bush to learn about Indigenous culture, with aim to deliver fairer justice in courts

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this article contains confronting images and images of people who have died.

David Newry Nyoongoong is an accomplished Aboriginal elder, but he still remembers the day he was a skinny, scared 16-year-old boy appearing in court for the first time.

  • Erin Parke
  • ABC

“I was shaking in the dock because it was really frightening,” he said.

“I didn’t understand the evidence, I wasn’t asked, and I just stood there not understanding what was happening.”

The Miriwoong man is now an Aboriginal interpreter, working to ensure Indigenous people get a fair hearing in court — whether they are witnesses, victims, or…

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