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Crime: Restorative Justice

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 11 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 January (WA 179), how many local criminal justice boards have established schemes for restorative justice. [HL2215]

All areas have restorative justice schemes in order to deliver youth justice out of court disposals and referral orders. There is no requirement on local criminal justice boards to set up adult restorative justice schemes, but a survey carried out in May 2006 showed that 13 boards were delivering a variety of adult restorative justice initiatives at all stages of the criminal justice system and 13 boards had appointed a restorative justice lead person. Since the survey, six more boards have appointed a restorative justice lead person and the conditional caution has been extended nationally, which provides a further opportunity to deliver adult restorative justice where appropriate.