Source: (1999) University of Notre Dame. 1: 11-25.

The notion of 'restorative justice' has been a topic of particular interest amongst justice practitioners and academics only in the two decades. But the concept has been recognized for a hundred years and its roots lie in antiquity. This paper explores the history of the concept and reviews the current debate concerning its potential influence in the criminal justice system in Australia. Finally, the author explores the translation of restorative principles into practical programs and justice mechanisms in a variety of settings. (author's abstract)