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Teen driver gets home detention for 'horror' crash that killed mates

30 Jul, 2020
A "horror" crash in which two Oamaru teenagers were killed last year left two families devastated, a packed Oamaru District Court heard yesterday.

Judge 'irritated' offender's conference with police didn't go ahead

Jun 30 2020
The canning of a restorative justice conference between police and a young offender who viewed them as an enemy and threatened to shoot them has "irritated" a sentencing judge.

Restorative justice: victim's family and offender find peace

Feb 04 2017
Christine Fairweather's life was cut short by a stupid prank gone terribly wrong. She was killed on a wet and stormy night in August 2014 when she stopped to remove metal fencing barriers deliberately placed on the road as she drove home to Hawera, in Taranaki.

Restorative Justice stalls cases in the Gore District Court

Apr 14 2019
Cases are taking longer to be dealt with in the Gore District Court due to a lack of facilitators to carry out restorative justice meetings, and in some cases the service has not been available at all.

Time for Change?

March 17 2020

If restorative justice was taken seriously by the criminal justice system and applied more broadly, it could potentially reduce NZ's reliance on incarceration, writes Sarah Roth Shank.

Shearer blacklisted after defrauding Facebook buyer

Jul 27 2020
A shearer who sold gear on Facebook but never sent the goods has been unable to get work since word got out about his deception.

Rape victim embraces attacker at restorative justice session

May 14 2017
A woman who was kidnapped, taken into a bush and repeatedly raped later looked her attacker in the eyes, hugged him and told him, "I wish you well"

Restorative justice goes to school

Feb 18 2012
Detention could soon be a relic of the past, with schools increasingly dropping the punishment in favour of "restorative chats" and other rehabilitative measures.

Peace above punishment: How restorative justice works for offenders and victims

Jan 05 2019
Punishment has long been integral to Kiwis' sense of justice. But those pursuing restorative remedies are finding more empowerment in healing than punitive action, writes Alex Loo.

If restorative justice was taken seriously by the criminal justice system and applied more broadly, it could potentially reduce NZ's reliance on incarceration, writes Sarah Roth Shank.

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