A restorative justice conference is an informal meeting facilitated between the victim, offender, support people, and any other approved people such as community representatives or interpreters.
You’ll have the chance to:
- tell the offender how you’ve been affected by the crime
- say what you’d like to see happen to put things right
- start dealing with the effects of the crime
At the conference a trained facilitator will make sure you’re safe and supported and that you are able to speak openly and honestly without judgement and discussions stay on track. You’ll be encouraged to bring support people with you to help you navigate through the meeting. You’ll be able to take breaks if necessary to regroup and review discussions with the facilitator.
Restorative justice takes place before an offender is sentenced in court. Tell your court victim advisor or the police officer managing your case if you want to find out more about restorative justice.