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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
Possibilities for Restorative Justice in Papua New Guinea.
High crime rates and high levels of insecurity place effective crime control at the forefront of policy debates in Papua New Guinea. Much of the public outcry focuses on stronger law enforcement measures: increasing the training, equipment, and personnel for the police force. However, some initiatives draw from traditional approaches to resolving conflict.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / August 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
Peace Foundation Melanesia
PEACE Foundation Melanesia is an NGO in Papua New Guinea that provides mediation and restorative justice training to local communities and groups in conflict. This article was written by Br. Pat Howley, executive director of Peace Foundation Melanesia.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / November 2002 Edition
Creating Guidelines for Restorative Justice
In 2002, the United Nations Economic and Social Council endorsed Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters. In paragraph 12, the Basic Principles urge governments to create guidelines and standards for the use of restorative justice programmes. Two countries, Canada and New Zealand, have started this process.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / August 2003 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
Restorative Practices in Guam
During the past two decades, Inafa’ Maolek Mediation Center in Guam has used restorative justice to help offenders understand the consequences of their actions and offer amends to the people who suffered from the behaviour. Founder and executive director Attorney Pat Wolff describes its two primary services as direct mediation and conflict resolution training for students and adults.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / April 2004 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
New Restorative Justice Legislation in the Australian Capital Territory
A recently passed bill will expand the use of restorative process in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) beginning in 2005. The Crime (Restorative Justice) Act 2004 allows the use of conferencing in all stages of the criminal justice process from pre-trial diversion to parole. The act, passed in August, grows out of the government’s ACT Criminal Justice Strategic Plan 2002-2005 which included an examination of restorative justice options in the territory.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / November 2004 Edition
New Court for Aboriginal Youth
In late 2004, new legislation created a Children’s Koori Court in the Australian state of Victoria. The Children and Young Persons (Koori Court) Act 2004 augments 1989 legislation, which established specialized Children’s courts. With this new initiative, the government is attempting to create a less formal, more culturally relevant justice experience for young aboriginal offenders, their families, and community.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / February 2005 Edition