The Principles of Restorative Justice


Focus on the harms that have been done, rather than the rules that have been broken.

Work towards restorations of victims trust by empowering them and responding to their needs as they see them.

Provide opportunities for open dialog in a safe environment. 

Support offenders while encouraging them to understand, accept and carry out their obligations.

Recognize that while obligations may be difficult for offenders, they must be realistic and achievable.  They should not be intended as harm.

Encourage collaboration and reintegration of victim and offender rather than coercion and isolation.

Find meaningful ways to involve the community and to respond to the community bases of crime.

Pamela MacKay