Source: (2004) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. Winter 2004. Issue 22. Downloaded 8 February 2005.

New Zealand’s restorative justice experience is proving a resource for other countries, with Brazil the latest country to look at developing its own pilot project. A group of Brazilians, including judges, policy writers and a prosecutor, recently spent a few weeks in New Zealand studying the court-referred restorative justice pilot and the Youth Court. “We want to see what is working and what is not working internationally so we can build a better project in Brazil,â€? says Maercia De Mello, a member of the permanent commission of criminal policies in the Brazilian Federal District’s Attorney General’s office and the director of the Institute of International and Comparative Law. Maercia first saw restorative justice in practise in Canada and thought “the idea was very goodâ€?. She went on to undertake research on the project, before organising the trip to New Zealand. (excerpt)

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