What is restorative justice?+
Restorative Justice is a community based justice process that provides:
- The chance to repair some of the damage done by crime
- A voice for victims
- Encouragement for offenders to take responsibility for harmful behavior
- An opportunity for healing of individuals and community
- Practical and helpful solutions
- A reduction in the number people going through the court system
- The possibility of reconciliation and restoration of positive relationships
How does restorative justice work?+
After everyone involved in or affected by harmful behavior has agreed to participate in a restorative justice process, trained facilitators come together with the victim, the offender and their supporters in a safe, confidential process to look at the harm done and to decide what should take place to repair the damage.
At the meeting, the offender accepts responsibility for the harmful behavior, explains why it happened and apologizes. The victim then has a chance to speak about the effects of the harmful behaviour on them.
The group together explores the options for repairing the harm done. Support persons are designated from within the group to support both parties during the completion of the agreement.When an agreement has been reached it is written and signed.
The coordinator, the facilitator and the support team then work together to ensure that the agreement is carried out to the satisfaction of all.
What's different about restorative justice?+
The focus is on accountability and repair of damage done rather than retribution or punishment.
- It is empowering for the community
- It seeks to heal the wounds of every person affected by the offence, including the victim, the offender, their families and supporters
- It brings the victim into the heart of the process
- It is non-violent, inclusive and respectful
- It is confidential
Who can refer cases for restorative justice?+
- Law Enforcement Officials
- Crown Counsel
- Probation offices
- Community/family members
Why restorative justice?+
Restorative justice involves looking beyond retribution to find deeper solutions that heal broken relationships.
Lillooet Restorative Justice Program is a program of Lillooet Learns. Lillooet Restorative Justice Program has been operating since 2004. Lillooet Learns acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the Municipal District of Lillooet.