Source: (2003) Ottawa, ON: Law Commission of Canada. Downloaded 9 December 2003.

Over the past three years, the Law Commission of Canada has consulted with Canadians about meaningful methods of resolving conflicts. The Commission’s consultations revealed that Canadians want choices for resolving their conflicts, and that many want to actively participate in the conflict resolution process. The Commission believes that participatory justice-with its emphasis on the reconstruction of relationships through dialogue and on outcomes developed and agreed to by the disputants themselves- responds to this need. The challenge, as the Commission sees it, is for governments and civic institutions to find ways to support participatory justice without limiting its innovative potential. (excerpt)

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