WHAT IS THE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROCESS?
From the RCMP's Restorative Justice: Recommitting to Peace and Safety
"The restorative justice process is all encompassing. All the parties with a stake in the resolution of a harmful occurrence (those responsible for the harm, those harmed, and the community where the harm took place) are supported and voluntarily participate, with the assistance of a fair and impartial facilitator, in a discussion of the circumstances surrounding the occurrence. The process provides a safe and respectful environment for all participants. Its purpose is to understand the underlying causes of the occurrence and its effect on those who have been harmed by it and to address the needs of the parties for healing and reparation. it may or may not involve a contract or agreement to repair the harm."