They voiced their support, while delivering remarks at a Restorative Justice Protocol and Case Management System Sensitisation workshop held Saturday (November 9), at the Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay, St Ann.
Participants included crown counsels, representatives from the DPP’s office, clerks of court, deputy clerks of court, and representatives from the Ministry of Justice.
The workshop formed part of a series being staged in keeping with the National Restorative Justice Policy mandate, to expose referral agents within the programme, to the guiding principles of restorative justice.
The intent is to enhance commitment and support for the protocol and case management systems in the restorative justice process.
In her address, Chief Justice McCalla, said that the adoption of the principles of restorative justice presents great promise for a transformed justice system, and will serve to increase the confidence of the citizens in the administration of justice.
“Undoubtedly, restorative justice has an important role to play as one of the strategies to manage criminal cases and assist in reducing the backlog of cases in our system,” she said.
“I look forward to the principles of restorative justice becoming a part of our legal system and for these principles to become rooted in our culture,” she added.
Meanwhile, the DPP in her address said that she looks forward to “going on the journey with the policymakers through the restorative justice process, which will empower victims of any crime, and also empower offenders, who can be persuaded that accountability is the way to go”.
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