There has been an increasing move away from custodial sentences and towards community based sentencing for certain offences to offer greater flexibility for punishment and relief for victims.
Our criminal law team have in-depth experience in alternative justice methods of criminal sanctions and can help you obtain the most favourable outcome for you.
Restorative Justice describes meetings where people affected by a crime discuss what happened in an effort to repair some damage done by the criminal act and to encourage offenders to take responsibility for their actions.
This brings together the offender, the victim, and other people affected by the crime.
These conferences occur between victims, offenders and support persons to discuss the crime and the impact it has had on the participants lives. A Conference Agreement may be entered into which outlines what should be done to help repair some of the damage caused. Such Agreements may include an apology, repayment, repair of damage to property, community service work and an undertaking by the offender to seek support, counselling or treatment.
Youth Justice Conferencing
The young offender, with his/her family is brought face to face with the victim of their crime to hear about the harm caused by their actions and to try and make those offenders take responsibility for their crimes in a different sense.
The members of the conference together come up with a suitable outcome for the crime.