Community Justice Forums (CJF) Training for the Fairview Detachment Area
We will be hosting a CJF Training March 15-17, 2013 at GPRC Fairview College Campus in Room AC144. Applications are availalbe to download on our documents page and can either be mailed or emailed in. Description of the position, responsibilities and time committment are included.
Deadline for applications is February 25nd, 2013. Successful applicants will be interviewed in person or by phone.
Fairview Community Restorative Justice has been using the RCMPS CJF training model since 2009.
WHAT IS A RESTORATIVE JUSICE FORUM?
A Forum brings an offender, victim (s) and their respective families & supporters together with 2 trained facilitators to discuss an offence and its' effects, and to jointly decide on how to resolve the situation.
The focus of the Community Justice Forum is the offence and repairing the harm that has been done.
A primary goal is to have the offender take responsibility for his/her actions.
During the Forum, the needs of victims and the community are addressed. The process allows victims to bring closure to the incident while providing a way for community harmony to be restored.
The outcome of the Forum must be agreed to by all parties and must be seen by all as fair to victim, offender and the wider community.
WHAT A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FORUM IS NOT:
It is NOT a means of avoiding the formal Justice system.
It is NOT about letting the Offender ‘off the hook’.
It is NOT about humiliating the offender about his/her behavior.
It is NOT about judging the offender as a good or bad person.
IF YOU ARE THE OFFENDER YOU ARE EXPECTED TO DO THE FOLLOWING :
Fully admit your part in the incident.
Accept responsibility for your actions
Attend the pre-interview and forum on the agreed upon date/time/place.
Participate in a positive way in the forum.
Listen respectfully to what others have to say.
Apologize to the victim (s).
Participate in reaching a resolution of the harm caused by your actions.
Complete the requirements of the forum agreement.
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AS THE VICTIM?
Explain to the offender the personal or social impact his/her actions had on you or the community you are representing.
Share with the forum participants the harms (emotional harm and other) of the offence for you or for the community.
Tell participants what the main issues arising from the incident are for you.
Explain what you would like to see achieved at the forum.
Focus on the incident and NOT on the offender as a good or bad person.
Listen respectfully to what others in the forum have to say.
Participate in reaching a fair resolution to the incident.