Source: (1999) Sri Lanka Journal of International Law. 11: 1-47

Restorative justice is a philosophy that embraces a wide range of human emotions including healing, mediation, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation as well as sanction when appropriate. It also recognises a world view that says we are all interconnected and that what we do, be it for good or evil, has an impact on others. Restorative justice offers the process whereby those affected by criminal behaviour be they victims, offenders, the families involved or the wider community, all need to have a part in resolving the issues which flow from the offence. This provides a recognition to a degree at least that all things are interconnected. (excerpt)