Source: (2005) VOMA Connections. Winter 2005-2006(22): 13-16.

Advocates of a restorative approach are often intimidated by judges. That intimidation can lead them to confront judges with the weaknesses of the traditional criminal justice process, or present restorative justice concepts in language to which it is difficult for judges to relate, or avoid talking to judges at all. These approaches are not effective, and can create barriers that alienate judges from restorative justice, because they are not based in an understanding and appreciation for the roles and responsibilities judges have in our traditional court process. Bruce Kittle, formerly of the Restorative Justice Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School, gives us practical ideas about introducing restorative justice to judges. (excerpt)

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