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Oversight for restorative justice processes and adult criminal mediation in Queensland is exercised by the government’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Branch of the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Branch is responsible for managing six Dispute Resolution Centres in various towns in Queensland. Through staff and mediators, the centers in turn provide civil and criminal mediations. In this paper, the authors identify the theoretical principles, legislative framework, and processes for the justice mediation model. They then discuss the benefits and the challenges of juxtaposing an adult criminal mediation service based on restorative justice practices with a civil mediation service based on resolving conflict by reconciling interests.

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