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Restorative Justice in Canada: Lessons Learned.

Cooley, Dennis
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Presented at Practical Approaches to Appropriate Dispute Resolution. Vancouver BC, March 8-9, 2002. Ottawa, ON: Law Commission of Canada. Downloaded 2 March 2004.

The Commission began its investigation into restorative justice from the assumption that in
many situations traditional approaches to resolving disputes are no longer adequate. Traditionally,
judicial procedures have presumed that the goal of litigation is to uncover the facts that relate to
particular conflict, identify the relevant law and apply the law to the fact situation. However, many
of conflicts do not fit into this mould. Frequently there are multiple parties to a conflict, with
multiple and competing points of view. Thus issues are not two-sided but multi-sided. Moreover,
the remedies that are sought are not necessarily the reparation of some harm or the restoration of
a previous situation, often they seek the transform ation of a relationship. (excerpt)


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