Restorative Justice is a community based alternative to the traditional justice system that is made up of volunteers who have a common interest in providing support to young people that will help lead them to constructive lives within our community. It diverts less serious offences from the courts to the community, freeing up the courts to deal with more serious crimes. Thus reducing costs to the community and the legal system.
The guiding principles of Restorative Practices are: accountability, compassion, understanding and empathy. The focus is repairing harm to the victim and community while understanding the offender and holding them accountable for the harm they have caused. The desired outcome is a safer, stronger, and more closely knit community.