Source: (2004) Statement adopted by the Restorative Justice Network, Christchurch, New Zealand, June 2003. Restorative Justice Online. February 2004 Edition.

The use of restorative processes is expanding throughout the New Zealand justice system. In 2003, three pieces of legislation -- the Sentencing Act, the Parole Act, and the Victims' Rights Act -- strengthened the position of restorative justice in the criminal justice system. With this rapid expansion, members of the restorative justice community and the Government expressed concerns over the quality of implementation. In response, the Restorative Justice Network of New Zealand adopted a statement on Restorative Justice Values and Processes.

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