Source: (1992) Wellington, NZ: Department of Justice.

A study assesses implementation of the reparation provisions of the New Zealand Criminal Justice Act 1985. Compliance with the reparation sentence was lower than compliance with fines for similar offenses; 48% of the total amount of reparation due to be paid within 1 year had been paid. Despite positive views among judges and probation officers regarding victim/offender meetings, they seldom occurred. Considerable ambiguity emerged as to whether the reparation sentence was primarily an offender penalty, a victim service. Recommendations to increase the use of reparation are provided.