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Sentencing circles for aboriginals: Good justice?

Libin, Kevin
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) National Post. Friday, 27 February.

Barry Stuart wishes he had never called them “sentencing circles.” The former Yukon judge was the first in Canada to implement the controversial practice, initially in the landmark 1992 case, R. v. Moses. He used them regularly and they soon spread across Canada, primarily dealing with aboriginal offenders. Even in his retirement today, Justice Stuart consults with private organizations looking to adopt the “circle” model for conflict resolution. He retains his love for the concept, but his distaste for the label. (excerpt)


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