Restorative Justice

Restorative justice brings the victims and perpetrators of crime together. The aim is to give you, the victim, a chance to have your say, get answers to your questions and move on with your life.

Restorative justice also brings offenders face to face with the impact of their actions. It’s their opportunity to make amends to you personally.

Restorative justice works alongside criminal justice proceedings and most victims tell us it helps. In fact, 85 per cent of crime victims who have used restorative justice were satisfied with the process. And 78 per cent would recommend it to others.

How restorative justice works

To start with, you’ll have a meeting with a trained facilitator.

At the meeting, you can explain:

  • what happened

  • how it affected you

  • what would make you feel better about it

If appropriate, the facilitator may then suggest a conference, which is a meeting between you and the offender. They’ll take your wishes and any concerns you may have into account and treat your safety as a top priority.

If the facilitator doesn’t feel a face to face meeting is a good idea, they’ll let you know and explain why. Instead of the meeting, they can convey a message from you to the offender.

A conference can happen at any stage of the legal process. It could be before the trial or after the offender has been sentenced.

Restorative justice can be used alongside other schemes in Hertfordshire, including Community Remedy.

Getting started with restorative justice

The Centre for Restorative Justice (CeRJ) is based at the School of Law, University of Hertfordshire.

Since November 2014, the School of Law has been working on different projects relating to restorative justice. Restorative Justice in Hertfordshire is delivered by different organisations including the University, Constabulary, Probation, charity sector and others, and is a collection of research, service delivery, training, events and partnership work. 

CeRJ brings together the various strands and promoted restorative justice in Hertfordshire and beyond.

If you have any enquiries, contact the county's Restorative Justice Co-Ordinator on rj@herts.ac.uk or call 01707 286 552

The CeRJ website can be found here: http://www.cerj.co.uk/