Restorative justice is increasingly visible in courtrooms around the world. Prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys make use of it. Probation officers are often involved in its implementation or monitoring. What are the interests and needs of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and probation officers?
Human rights questions about restorative justice become most apparent at this stage of the process. The rules about fairness in court are quite clear, many of them emphasizing the need for transparency.
Restorative meetings, on the other hand, usually take place in private settings. How can judges and lawyers reassure themselves that the parties' legal interests are honoured?
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. . . . for a judge's perspective on supporting restorative justice
. . . . for a prosecutor's reasons for using restorative justice
. . . . for a defense attorney's reasons for supporting restorative processes