Author: Funk, Michelle Joy
Canada and British Columbia have been gaining international recognition as innovators in the practice of restorative justice since the early 1970’s. Notwithstanding, only a modest amount of research and development in the praxis of restorative justice in British Columbia has been conducted since this time. Research and development has occurred elsewhere, and this paper explores the developments of restorative processes in Nova Scotia and England and Wales. Through a comparative analysis, this paper explores lessons learnt for British Columbia, where justice reform is currently being considered by the Ministry of Justice. Justice reform characterized by community engagement, commitment to praxis and evidence, and developing restorative justice programs that are accountable and transparent emerge as important lessons learnt for British Columbia. Each of these areas are discussed and a set a recommendations encompassing these key elements put forward.
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