Indigenous Court Workers

Program Coordinators: Hollie Black and Christopher Hutton

Phone: 519-371-1147



To help Indigenous people receive fair, equitable and culturally sensitive treatment before the law, Court Workers:

Hollie Black, Indigenous Criminal Court Worker     Email:
Direct: 519.371.1932     Phone: 519.371.1147 ext. 234     Cell: 519.377.0674     Fax: 519.371.6181

  • Provide Indigenous persons charged with an offence and their family members with timely and accurate information at the earliest possible stage of the criminal justice process;
  • Refer Indigenous persons charged with an offence to appropriate legal resources at key stages of the justice process (e.g., arrest, trial, sentencing), as available and where practical;
  • Refer Indigenous persons charged with an offence to appropriate social, education, employment, medical, Indigenous community and other resources to ensure they have assistance in addressing the underlying problems that contribute to their charges and, where appropriate, advocate for services to Indigenous persons before the court and ensure, to the extent possible, that those services are delivered;
  • Provide assistance, as appropriate, to other Indigenous persons involved in the criminal justice process;
  • Promote and facilitate practical, community-based justice initiatives, and help build community capacity to identify and address problems which could end up in the court or community justice system; and,
  • Serve as a “bridge” between criminal justice officials and Indigenous people and communities by advocating for Indigenous persons before the court, providing liaison, and promoting communications and understanding between these two entities.


Christopher Hutton, Indigenous Family Court Worker     Email:
Phone: 519.371.1147 ext. 247     Cell: 519.375.0291     Fax: 519.371.6181

The goal of the Indigenous Family Court Worker is to assist Indigenous people involved in the Canadian justice system to better understand their rights, options and responsibilities when appearing before the courts. This would include the following:

  • Child Protection and Family Court Matters.

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