This is a database of restorative justice (RJ in its short form) case law designed to be used for precedents to make submissions on sentencing in criminal courts. It provides easily accessible material to support an argument that restoration should stand alongside retribution (denunciation, censure, punishment) and consequential outcomes (deterrence, rehabilitation, prevention) in sentencing offenders.


Justice is done restoratively when we . . .

From D R Brookes, Restorative Justice And Work-Related Death: Literature Review, Creative Ministries Network, 2008 http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1459862 and adapted by him from Mika, H., and Zehr, H. (1997) Restorative Justice Signposts (Bookmark). Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee and MCC U.S.


Here are some of the main areas of restorative justice

  • The seminal (New Zealand) case recognising the scope of restorative sentencing goals is R v Clotworthy 1998 [full citation, link]

  • An important (New Zealand) case recognising the scope for restorative processes to achieve retributive purposes sentencing goals is R v Junior Sami 2005 DC AK [14 October 2005] [full cita

  • The seminal (Canadian) case recognising the place of restorative sentencing goals is R Gladue [1999] SC Canada [full citation, link]