FAQS

Is it safe?

Yes. Safety is a top priority. Restorative justice conferences are held in neutral venues and are facilitated by two independent facilitators. You will know in advance who will be there so you can alert us if you have any concerns.  If we have any concerns about safety then we do not run the meeting or, if the meeting is underway, we can call it to a halt.


How does it work?

Once a case is referred to TRJT, two facilitators will be assigned and will make contact directly with you. They meet with each party separately in the first instance to explain how the process works, talk to you about what happened and what the ongoing effects are and then decide if you want to go ahead with a joint victim-offender meeting. If both parties agree to meet, we then arrange and run the conference before writing a report that goes to the court for sentencing purposes.


I want to do it, what next?

A Judge or Magistrate will need to refer the matter to us for investigation. They can only do this once the offender has pleaded guilty to the charge. If you have committed an offence, you should advise your lawyer that you wish to consider restorative justice. You may also wish to contact us directly. They will make the request on your behalf.

If you are a victim of crime you can speak to the court victim adviser, the police, victim support or contact us directly. We can all ensure that your wishes are made known to the Judge or Magistrate.


Can I bring someone with me?

Absolutely - In fact, we normally insist that you do. Having good support people is an essential ingredient to restorative justice. A support person can give a different perspective and can ensure that you have someone to support you before, during and after the meeting. A support person can also make sure that you follow through on any promises that you make during the meeting.


Who will facilitate the meeting?

We have a number of independent facilitators to run the meetings. Our facilitators come from a variety of professional backgrounds but have all been specifically trained in restorative justice facilitation. 


 Where can we get your posters and brochure?

You can download the posters by clicking on the poster title;

Poster 1 - Empowering Victims

Poster 2 - No such thing as a victimless crime

Poster 3 - Real Men Front Up

Poster 4 - If you're sorry..

Poster 5 - No such thing as a faceless crime

Click here to download the brochure. Alternatively you can email us and we will send you a nice glossy version.


 How can I donate?

The Restorative Justice Trust is a registered charity and we are grateful for any donations towards the running of our service. We have a give a little page through which you can donate.Please click on the link below.


 

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