Source: (2004) Speech to the Justice Research Consortium Conference, June. Downloaded 29 March 2005.In this speech, I’d like to look forward, to the future of restorative justice, in particular in relation to sentencing. The Government’s overarching objectives for the criminal justice system are: --Access to justice for all - no matter who you are or where you live; --Improving confidence in the criminal justice system; and -- Ensuring better outcomes for victims and witness. Restorative justice contributes to most, if not all, of these measures. We are committed to developing the use of restorative justice in the criminal justice system, based on evidence from the current programme of pilots.