Source: (1998) IN, Lode Walgrave, ed. Restorative Justice For Juveniles: Potentialities, Risks, and Problems. Leuven: Leuven University Press. pp. 19-53.

This paper reports on an attempt to develop a consensual definition of restorative justice using a modified Delphi technique. The effort demonstrated the divergence of opinions regarding what is meant by the term. The primary areas of disagreement include the place of punishment and the role of the state in the paradigm. There was general agreement that the purpose of restorative justice was to provide victims with a central role in justice and offenders should repair the harm done as much as possible. After the Delphi failed to produce agreement, the working party adopted the definition submitted by Tony Marshall.