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Magistrates’ and prosecutors’ views of restorative justice.

Naudé, Beaty
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) In Traggy Maepa, ed., Beyond Retribution: Prospects for Restorative Justice in South Africa. Monograph no. 111, February. Pretoria, South Africa: Institute for Security Studies, with the Restorative Justice Centre. Downloaded 9 August 2005.

Beaty Naudé and Johan Prinsloo report the findings of their survey of sixty-nine prosecutors and magistrates in this intriguing look at restorative justice knowledge (or lack thereof) among the judiciary in South Africa. The results indicate that the majority of practitioners do not fully understand the pillars of restorative justice. However, many believed restorative justice to be an appropriate sentencing option, and the majority had used restorative principles in sentencing in the past. Although there seems to be a limited knowledge of the goals and process of restorative justice, the data is positive in that the overall attitude of magistrates and prosecutors toward restorative principles is a supportive one. Abstract courtesy of the Marquette University Law School-Restorative Justice Initiative


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