Community Justice Forums

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Facilitating Community Justice Forums

Based in indigenous thinking with roots in the Maori peoples.  In conferencing, a trained facilitator is always present.  Participation is voluntary for everyone.  To participate, the offender must first admit to the offence.  At the conference, the victim and their supporters can describe the impact of the offence and ask the offender questions.  Together, the group discusses how the harm can be repaired. in indigenous culture and guided by a trained facilitator, the peacemaking circle can include whole families or just a few individual from both sides of an event.  They bring the participants together to agree on guidelines, discuss the events and the parties determine the outcome.