An Innovative Approach to Serious Driving Offences
Victorian Legal Services Board
$200,000 over two years.
This project seeks to better meet the needs of victims of crime and improve the criminal justice system by developing a restorative justice model focused on those affected by driving incidents resulting in death or serious injury.
Drawing on local and international research and existing programs, a restorative justice conferencing program will be developed, piloted and evaluated over two years.
Conferencing will operate as an alternative and an adjunct to criminal justice processes, available where charges are not laid, matters do not precede to trial, and pre and post-sentencing.
The delivery of this restorative justice program will provide a model for expansion across Victoria, to other categories of offences, victims and offenders.
What is a restorative justice conference?
A restorative justice conference is a way for the people most affected by a crime – the person harmed/the victim, their family and friends and the person responsible for the harm/the offender and their family and friends - to talk about:
- What happened?
- How were people affected?
- What can be done in response to the harm?
Restorative Justice Conferencing Pilot Program
For people affected by a motor vehicle collision where someone was seriously injured or died.
The Centre for Innovative Justice’s Restorative Justice Conferencing Pilot Program supports the person harmed/the victim to talk with the person responsible for the harm/the offender.
More information for both victims and offendors available to download below.