Source: (2002) Paper presented at the International Bar Association Conference. Durban, South Africa. Downloaded 5 May 2003.

In 1989 New Zealand enacted legislation requiring young offenders to attend family group conferences. This set in motion a community-driven restorative justice movement in New Zealand, and it led to recent legislation which enacts restorative justice provisions for adult offenders. In this paper Helen Brown, a barrister, surveys this history of restorative justice in New Zealand and anticipates future developments in restorative justice. Specifically, she examines the Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 and its restorative justice provisions, the role of the Maori in this movement, the nature of family group conferences, restorative justice for youth, the Department for Courts restorative justice pilot program, restorative justice for adults (particularly with reference to the Sentencing Act 2002), and restorative justice standards.

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