Restorative justice in New Zealand

Restorative justice or restorative practice is used widely across a range of contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand, for example in workplaces, schools and the criminal justice system. The information here focuses on restorative justice in the criminal justice system and the training and accreditation that Resolution Institute provides on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Restorative Justice is an integral part of New Zealand’s criminal justice system, funded by the Ministry of Justice. Restorative Justice is a community-based response to crime that aims to hold offenders to account for their offending and, as far as possible, repair the harm they’ve done to the victim and the community. Participation in restorative justice is voluntary and involves a facilitated meeting between the victim and offender.

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