With the aim to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison, this project brings Elders and respected Indigenous community members to work with magistrates to help achieve real outcomes and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Griffith was instrumental in working with Elders and the Chief Stipendiary Magistrate to establish the first MURRI Court at Brisbane Magistrates Court in 2002.
Queensland’s MURRI Court system has improved justice for Indigenous people and is now held in Brisbane, Ipswich, Caboolture, Cleveland, Caloundra, Chebourg, Rockhampton, Mount Isa and Townsville. In 2006 the MURRI Court and Elders won a NAIDOC Excellence Award. Professor Boni Robertson and the GUMURRII Centre also won NAIDOC Outstanding Contribution Awards in 2006 for ongoing commitment and dedication to the MURRI Court. Professor Robertson and Griffith staff were also invited to present at the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association Conference in Toronto, Canada, to discuss the Queensland MURRI Courts and Indigenous Customary Law in the Australian Legal System.