says that of restorative justice pilots have acheived an estimated 14% reduction in re-offending.
This Government is therefore committed to making use of restorative justice (RJ) in more areas, and in more circumstances across the criminal justice system.” This includes part of the Governments response to lower level crime where they are working with 15 local areas to develop Neighbourhood Justice Panels which will bring together the victim, the offender and community representatives to respond to low-level crime by using RJ and other reparative processes.”
Crucially, he argues “increased use of restorative justice needs to be rooted in local needs and responsive to local crime and re-offending. It needs to be driven by how practitioners, victims and communities want to respond to crime in their area. This is part of a move towards localism where we accept different areas will have different approaches. To ensure restorative justice is delivered in the way most appropriate for each area, we are working with valued partners like the Restorative Justice Council to provide local areas with the tools to make greater use of restorative justice with confidence.”
With local justice panels and fixed penalty noices, are magistrates courts and the right to be judges by our peers, to be abolished?