Source: (2003) Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference On Restorative Justice. Centre for Restorative Justice. 1-4 June. Vancouver BC. Downloaded 21 August 2003.
In many parts of Canada, there has been an increasing use of conferences to assist in making decisions regarding young persons who are involved in the youth justice system. In general, “conference” refers to various types of processes in which affected or interested parties come together to provide advice to decision makers in specific youth justice cases. Conferences were not referred to or authorized in the Young Offenders Act, but are an explicit part of the youth criminal justice system as envisioned by the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
A conference may be a restorative justice mechanism that provides advice to the decision-maker on ways of repairing the harm done to the victim. Many restorative justice principles are consistent with the principles found in Section 3 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, http://www.sfu.ca/cfrj/index.html.
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