Source: (2001) Paper presented at the Fourth Conference of the Organization of the Commonwealth Bar Association. 24-26, May 2001. Nassau, Baamas.

Fred McElrea, a district court and youth court judge in New Zealand, surveys the topic of restorative justice in this address to lawyers from countries in the Caribbean. In his description, restorative justice refers to an approach to conflict resolution which seeks to bring together the parties affected by crime or conflict in order to address the harm done and seek agreement about what can be done to right the wrong. Then, using his own judicial experience for illustrations, he presents a number of contrasts between restorative justice and the common, current form of criminal justice in Western societies. He applies all of this to treatment of victims and offenders, and to strengthening of communities.

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