Peter Condliffe



Restorative justice has been described as a philosophy that views harm and crime as violations of people and relationships. It is a holistic process that addresses the repercussions and obligations created by harm, with a view to putting things as right as possible. Restorative justice is best practised when guided by restorative values and principles and when those most affected are both the focus and the directors. Restorative justice programs (usually associated with a process called ‘conferencing’) have emerged over the past 25 years as a dynamic alternative to current criminal justice practice and more recently in educational and corporate sectors.