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Restorative Justice Service in Christchurch
In New Zealand, restorative justice has received much grassroots support with the creation of community-based services. The Restorative Justice Service (RJS) of Christchurch is one such community initiative providing conferencing services. RJS began accepting referrals in 1998 and runs parallel to the criminal justice system. It seeks to preserve this independence in order to maintain its integrity with police, lawyers, and judges.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / June 2002 Edition
New Zealand Expands Official Recognition of Restorative Justice
With passage of the Sentencing Act 2002 in May, New Zealand appears set to further increase its use of restorative justice practices in responding to crime
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / October 2002 Edition
Trends in the Pilot
The court-referred restorative justice pilot project in New Zealand is finishing its second year and some trends are being seen. These include the reasons that offenders and victims choose for going to conference, the percentages of cases going to conference, and after conference outcomes
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / December 2003 Edition
Considering Restorative Interventions in Sentencing
New Zealand's Sentencing Act of 2002 incorporated restorative justice language in its sentencing provisions. Judges are now required to consider the results of a restorative process in sentencing decisions. Judge Stan A. Thorburn of the District Court in Auckland applies these provisions to a case of aggravated robbery.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / October 2004 Edition
Court-Referred Pilot Project Evaluation Released
The New Zealand Ministry of Justice recently released the findings of an evaluation study of a pilot project that ran from 2001-2004. The evaluation showed positive results but also recommended changes. This article briefly describes the project and the evaluation findings.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / September 2005 Edition
A Survey of 10 Years of New Zealand Court Cases on Restorative Justice
This paper by Judge Stan Thorburn offers a brief account of the development of restorative justice in the Courts of New Zealand since it has been practised over the past 10 years. In particular, it examines a selection of court decisions and identifies significant principles emerging from them. Finally, it compares those to legislation, in particular the Sentencing Act 2002.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / February 2006 Edition
Restorative Justice in the Youth Court: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?
New Zealand is known as a leader in the application of restorative justice to youth offending, with over 80% of juvenile offenses being handled through police diversion. The remaining 16-20% results in formal charges in the youth court. This article provides excerpts of a paper that examines the restorative potential of the New Zealand youth court. The full paper, written by Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge, New Zealand Youth Court, is attached.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / May 2006 Edition
Maxwell, Gabrielle And Morris, Allison . Youth justice in New Zealand: A restorative model
Maxwell and Morris claim that the youth justice system in New Zealand represents a fundamental alternative to previous youth justice systems, and that it serves as a model of restorative justice. To make their claims, the authors identify the principles and objectives of that system following key legislation in 1989.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
Radical change
by Sandi Hawnt, a Sycamore Tree Project® facilitator writing in Inside Out, the newsletter of Prison Fellowship New Zealand: When I shook his hand it was cold and sweaty. He was clearly nervous to meet me - much more than I was to meet him. I was impressed that he had waited for me. The others had all gone out for their allocated 'yard time'. Just one hour a day in Maxi - quite a lot to give up on the off chance that he might be included in the programme. Interviewing him was difficult - he was so desperate to be on the programme that he was almost paralysed with nerves. Every now and then he forgot what we were talking about and I became concerned that he might be unstable. As a new facilitator I did not want to have a safety risk on my hands, so I said no to him. However, this decision didn't sit right with me. I felt uneasy, sad... wrong.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article O'Driscoll, Stephen J.. Youth Justice in New Zealand: A Restorative Justice Approach to Reduce Youth Offending.
In New Zealand, the primary legislation that governs youth justice in the district court is the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 (CYPF Act). It establishes the procedures that govern state intervention in the lives of children, youth, and their families. This legislation established the family court, which deals with the care and protection of children and youth, and the Youth Court. which addresses youth offending. The CYPF Act provides for an innovative system of youth justice that consists of a hybrid justice/welfare system in which youth, their families, victims, the community, and the state are involved in taking responsibility for offending and its consequences. Under such a system, the rights and needs of indigenous people are taken into account; families are central in all decisionmaking that involves their children; youth have a say in how their offending is to be addressed; victims have a role in negotiating penalties; and group consensus is the model for decisionmaking. These policies are encompassed in police and court procedures and practice as well as through the introduction of the Family Group Conference (FGC). The FGC is a decisionmaking forum that enables offenders, victims, families, community, and justice professionals to recommend an appropriate penalty to the court. In most cases, youth court judges, who are not present at FGCs, accept the FGC's recommendations. FGCs reflect the principles of restorative justice, although this model is not mentioned in the CYPF Act. The restorative justice model emphasizes diversion from formal criminal justice processing and the determination of offender accountability based on informal consensus of all the involved parties regarding how harms to the victim and community can be remedied or mitigated by the offender. (Abstract courtesy of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service,
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