Minister overseeing justice reforms emphasizes Restorative and Neighbourhood Justice

30 December 2012

In an interview with the Guardian, Damian Green, the minister for policing and criminal justice, said opening magistrates courts on Saturdays and Sundays may be necessary on only a limited number of occasions.

His comments hint at a significant change of direction in government plans to shake up the criminal justice system. One of Green's priorities is developing neighbourhood justice, a range of initiatives which include restorative justice and neighbourhood justice panels. Both place victims of crime at the centre of the process, enabling offenders to meet them and apologise directly. "These are neither soft options nor kangaroo courts," he said.

 

To read the full interview click on Guardian