Restorative Justice Conferencing for serious driving offences
This project aims to better meet the needs of victims of crime and demonstrate the potential for improved justice system responses in the aftermath of crime.
Drawing on local and international research and existing programs, the CIJ developed a restorative justice conferencing program that supports victims of motor vehicle collision offences, including family members of people who have died, to have a safe, respectful dialogue with offenders, supported by a neutral facilitator.
This program was piloted with several conferences held over an 18 month period which are now being evaluated.
In this program, conferencing operated as an alternative and an adjunct to criminal justice processes, and was available in a variety of matters including where charges are not laid, matters do not precede to trial, and pre and post-sentencing.
The delivery of this restorative justice program provides a model for expansion across Victoria, to other categories of offences, victims and offenders.
A final report on the project, including a program evaluation is due to be released towards the end of 2018.