Community Justice responds to situations of crime and conflict committed by youth and adults through the facilitation of circles; based on the principles of restorative justice.
- Crime causes harm and justice should focus on repairing the harm.
- The people most affected by the crime should be able to participate in its resolution.
The principle aim of the restorative justice process is to give victims a bigger role, meet their need for information about the reasons for and circumstances of the offence, allow them to be heard and to obtain tangible or symbolic compensation and regain the independence that crime and conflict may have taken away from them.
(Law Commission of Canada, 2003).
Referrals are received by the Regional and local Crown Attorney’s Office, Greater Sudbury Police Service and defence lawyers.
Mediation is an informal dispute resolution process run by a trained third party, called a mediator. Mediation provides a way for participants to talk. It gives the participants a safe forum to explain their perception of the problem, and allows the process of understanding to begin, which in turn will lead to an agreement to find a resolution to the conflict. The process is voluntary.
Mediation is used for community and neighbourhood conflicts, separation agreements (family mediation) elder care (aging decision conflict), landlord tenant issues and other disputes.
The circle is a dialogue process that works intentionally to create a safe space to discuss very difficult or painful issues and to find resolutions that serve every member of the circle. The process is based on an assumption of equal worth and dignity for all participants because every participant has gifts to offer in finding a good solution to the problem.
Referrals are received by the general public, Schools, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Sudbury Housing Corporation and the Legal Clinic.
“There are three truths to every story, my truth, your truth and the truth.”