Source: (2002) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. October/November. Issue 12. Downloaded 11 June 2004.

Northern Ireland’s criminal justice review recently began to focus on restorative justice and hopes to pilot a program for two years, modelling it after New Zealand’s restorative justice conferences. Judge David Smyth has spent time in New Zealand to research restorative justice programs and has noted that, in terms of demographics, New Zealand and Northern Ireland are very similar. However, differences in parliamentary influences, police distrust, and lack of community involvement must be taken into account. Smyth hopes to introduce different aspects of restorative justice into Northern Island “one step at a time,â€? starting with family group conferences.

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