Jennifer Bowles has been a Magistrate for 22 years and has sat for over half that time in the Children’s Court of Victoria. She is the supervising Magistrate of the Children’s Koori Court and a member of the Judicial Officers’ Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Intermediary Pilot Program Committees. She has previously been the chair of the Education Committee of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (MCV) and co-chair of the Judicial Officers’ Wellbeing Committee.
Together with a colleague she introduced the MCV Judicial Mentoring Program and the innovative sexual offence/sexual abuse lists in the Children’s Court of Victoria. Jennifer is an associate researcher regarding the establishment of a crossover list for children appearing before both the criminal and family divisions of the Children’s Court. She annotated the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 in the textbook ‘Family Violence and Child Protection Law in Victoria’.
In 2014 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to review options for residential therapeutic treatment for young people suffering substance abuse/mental illness. Her research was conducted in Sweden, England, Scotland and New Zealand. In 2020 she was selected to participate in the inaugural Policy Impact Program, a partnership between the Churchill Trust and the University of Queensland.
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