Source: (2000) ISUMA. 1(1)There is a growing recognition of the deficiencies of the mainstream justice system interms of how it deals with offenders, victims and community concerns. That recognition has renewed interest in restorative justice. The central premise of restorative justice is that crime is a violation of people and relationships and that the task of the justice system is to repair the harm done to the parties and restore harmony to the community. The author provides a preliminary assessment of unique characteristics, strengths and challenges associated with a major restorative justice initiative that is being undertaken by the Government of Nova Scotia.