Posing the question “What if the Australian legal system was not based on the British model, but rather on one of the oldest legal systems in the world, Indigenous Australian customary law?” Courting with Justice is a dramatic portrayal of the retrial of a bar manager charged with the manslaughter of a young Aboriginal man.
Several years ago a former Norseman pub manager was charged with the manslaughter of Kevin Rule, a member of the Ngadju Nation, but later found not guilty. The dead man’s partner, Daniella Borg, is certain the manager’s lethal punch killed Kevin and feels the Australian judicial system has not provided her with justice.
Daniella has decided to have a re-trial. This time it is to be set on her husband’s traditional land, within the framework of the oldest law in the country. The case is going before an Indigenous customary law court. Will the outcome be any different than it was when the case was tried in the British-style Australian law courts?
The playing out of the customary law hearing itself is gritty and observational. The accused is not the actual perpetrator of the crime, but is played by a white actor, The Dish’s Roy Billing. He is confronted, both in and out of character, by cultural and procedural differences in the Indigenous customary law court.
A gritty drama-documentary, Courting with Justice takes a black perspective on dominant white legal systems, turning the tables on how justice is done in Australia.
Thursday, 8 January, 9:25pm