Source: (2001) Ottawa: Law Commission of Canada. Downloaded 13 January 2005.

The limitations of Canada’s justice system in responding to conflict have long been recognized. The civil court experience — for those Canadians who can access the courts — can leave all parties feeling dissatisfied and disenfranchised. The same can be said of the criminal court experience: victims often feel detached from the process and offenders are not always held responsible for the concrete consequences of their behaviour. The Commission has been exploring restorative justice as an alternative method of delivering criminal justice. It is also examining the potential for extension of restorative justice principles to other fields of law, such as family law, labour law and commercial law. (excerpt)


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