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Court & prison services


The Salvation Army Court and Prison Services provide counsel, support, representation, rehabilitation and programs for people accessing court, prison and post-referral services.

A Salvation Army court chaplain whose role is to provide pastoral care, spiritual care and support, is attached to most courts.

Target Groups

Some of our target groups include:

  • Defendants
  • Informants
  • Legal services
  • Magistrates
  • Office of Corrections
  • Police
  • Prosecutors
  • Victims
  • Witnesses

Court services and support

We act as the friend, available to help a client in the court process:

  • listening to the client's concerns
  • explaining the court process
  • provide support and referral


We provide limited representation services including:

  • referral to a lawyer
  • listening to a case, support and referral
  • making contact with and support for family members and significant others


Provide referral for clients to appropriate rehabilitation services both within The Salvation Army and the greater community.


Provide referral to The Salvation Army personal development programs such as:


Positive Lifestyle Program

Prison services

We act as the friend of the prisoner as well as a supporter of the victims:

  • spend time with their families
  • listen to and reflect upon the needs of the prisoner
  • counsel prisoners
  • represent a prisoners concerns to their families
  • provide support to the families of a prisoner during their sentence
  • provide Christmas cheer for prisoners
  • promote religious and entertainment services in prisons

Post-release services

We help with post-release services to those exiting prison:

  • assist prisoners with making applications to the Parole Board
  • assist in the parole process
  • help the prisoner to readjust to society
  • work with employment agencies (such as Employment Plus) to provide work for former prisoners
  • assist with a prisoners representations to the parole board

Contacts in each state


Northern Territory

Lt Amanda Vaarzon-Morel
Alice Springs Court Chaplaincy
Telephone: (08) 8951 0200

Captain Michael Johnson
Alice Springs Prison Visitation
Telephone:Phone (08) 8951 0200


Major Tracey English
State Coordinator Chaplaincy.
Telephone: (03) 9353 5200
Fax: (03) 9353 5205


Captain Stephen Miller
Telephone: (03) 9670 0322

Prison Pre and Post Release (03) 6278 8140
Court Chaplain Hobart (03) 6278 8140
Court Chaplain Launceston (03) 6323 7500
RED Prison Tennancy Support (03) 6278 2817

South Australia

To get in touch with a chaplain please call (08) 84086900 or email using the details below:

 Prison Chaplains

 Major David Simpkin

Captain Laurel Cummins

 Court Chaplains

 Major Alastair Watson (Chaplain)

Major Wendy Simpkin (Adelaide Magistrates Court chaplain)

Major Lesley Grant (Northern Adelaide Court Chaplain)

For more information please click here

Western Australia

Courts and Prisons Services WA 
Po Box 1 Morley WA 6943
Phone: (08) 9275 6640 
Fax: (08) 9275 6621 

Gwen Brundrett
Courts and Prison Chaplain WA
Perth Central Law Courts & East Perth Custody Centre 
Mobile: 0418 940 620 
Phone: (08) 9245 2381
Fax: (08) 9425 2546 
Email: perthcourt.chaplain@aus.salvationarmy.org

Major Bruce Foynes ®
Prison Pastoral Care Officer WA
WA Prisons and Fremantle Courts   
Pager (08) 9480 9414

Arthur Jackson
Official Visitor 
Bandyup Woman's Prison 
Telephone: (08) 9260 9500