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3 Int'l J. Therapeutic Juris. 1 (2018)
Restorative Justice in Criminal Offending: Models, Approaches and Evaluation

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                    Elizabeth M.  Gresson*


       Restorative justice has been practised in a range of coun-
tries since the 1990s. The aim is to approach criminal justice in
a more socially engaged, problem-solving  way.  This paper con-
siders different models and approaches to restorative justice and
canvases factors of definition and perception, ethos and practical
application. The discussion considers outcomes of offender-vic-
tim mediations and group conferencing  in the context of relevant
legislative changes in common  law jurisdictions of New Zealand
and the State of Victoria, Australia. The  discussion then asks
how  such approaches  may  relate to a Therapeutic Jurisprudence
(hereinafter, TJ) model  of justice with specific reference to
Drug  and Alcohol  Courts.  The  aim is to highlight the shift of
emphasis  in criminal justice from adversarialism and blame  to
responsibility and reparation, and to provide some understand-
ing and  evaluation of the effectiveness of such approaches  to
criminal offending.

* Elizabeth M. Gresson is a lawyer and academic in New Zealand and Aus-
tralia. She qualified in law in Victoria, Australia and in 2016 returned to New
Zealand to practice as a barrister at Vulcan Chambers, Auckland in criminal
and refugee law. Elizabeth holds a PhD in Education (University of Auck-
land), a Juris Doctor with Distinction (RMIT), Master of Arts (1st Cl Hons),
and postgraduate diplomas in education and law. She is known in Australia
and New Zealand for her work in education and law, for her research leader-
ship and publications in the philosophy of education, aesthetics, law and jus-
tice. Known also by her previous name Grierson she is an Emeritus Professor
of RMIT University, Melbourne.

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