Source: (2003) Canterbury Law Review. 9:179-199

This paper examines restorative justice as a theory, comparing what it offers to key participants in the justice process with that proffered under the current criminal justice system. It then evaluates the claims of restorative justice, examining, with reference to other jurisdictions, whether it has improved the justice process. Finally this paper discusses four implementation issues: the need for due process, community definition, the form restorative justice should take, and the extent to which restorative justice is applicable to all offenses. In conclusion this paper argues that restorative justice has potential to improve the administration of justice. (excerpt)