Government should work towards right to restorative justice for victims of crime – new Justice Committee report recommends
A legislative right for victims of crime to access restorative justice services is a laudable goal which should be worked towards, once existing concerns about capacity have been addressed, says a new report by the Justice Committee published in September.
The Committee recommends that in its consultation on the Victim’s Law the MOJ should seek views on a legislative right to RJ and how it should be enforced. The Committee believes that such a right should come into force only once the Minister has demonstrated to Parliament that the system has sufficient capacity to deliver.
Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) provided written evidence to the Committee and in April of this year Ray Fishbourne, Chair of TVRJS Advisory Group and strategic lead for Restorative Justice for Thames Valley Partnership gave verbal evidence to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry. He and TVRJS as part of Thames Valley Partnership are frequently referred to in the report and our views clearly influenced the final recommendations in this report.
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