Sorting out conflict and repairing harm: Using victim offender conferences in court processes to deal with adult crime

Author(s)Cannon, Andrew
Title Sorting out conflict and repairing harm: Using victim offender conferences in court processes to deal with adult crime
Source Journal of Judicial Administration, Vol 18, part 2, 2008
Date 2008
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This paper discusses how restorative justice conferences can make court processes more accessible to victims and offenders. Examples of actual conferences are discussed in detail, including the offender's account, comments from the victim, proposals and suggestions and agreements. In conclusion the author confirms that the participants in these conferences all had a positive view of the process and recommends it should be more widely used in the criminal justice system but also recognising that facilitators need to be aware of dangers associated with the process.
Keywords Conferences; therapeutic; accessible; victims; offenders
Topic Restorative justice