Source: (2000) Paper presented at the United Nations Crime Congress, Ancillary Meeting on Implementing Restorative Justice in the International Context. Vienna, Austria, 10-17 April.

Maxwell and Morris claim that the youth justice system in New Zealand represents a fundamental alternative to previous youth justice systems, and that it serves as a model of restorative justice. To make their claims, the authors identify the principles and objectives of that system following key legislation in 1989.This leads to a survey of youth justice in practice in New Zealand, with emphasis on family group conferences. Maxwell and Morris also discuss issues and criticisms pertaining to the youth justice system.

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