Source: (2002) Restorative Justice Online May 2002 Edition.

The Restorative Justice Consortium published the first xe2x80x9cStandards for Restorative Justicexe2x80x9d in 1998. Criticism of the original document, and international developments in the field of restorative justice, led to the decision to update them. This task was carried out by a working party comprised of academics and practitioners. The previous document had concentrated on restorative justice in the criminal justice system, and it was felt that the new one should have a wider remit. This decision fell in line with the aims of the organisation, as set out in its objects covering: xe2x80x9crestorative justice in schools, the work place, the community, prisons, the criminal justice system and any other situation where conflict arisesxe2x80x9d. The mechanism of the review was to use a paper by Robert Mackay, containing an outline for a Statement of Principles. Firstly, there was substantial discussion over an email discussion group, with comments from a wide range of people. Then, the working party held three meetings in the office, where the group made some substantive decisions, and worked through the text until a consensus was reached for the new Principles.

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