Restorative justice means that:
Crime (and misconduct) is a violation of people and interpersonal relationships
Violations create obligations and liabilities
Restorative justice seeks to heal and put right the wrongs
Restorative practise is a participatory and democratic justice that focuses on the community defined by the incident and not just the wrongdoer. It is an approach to harmful behaviours and community conflict that sees wrongdoing as essentially a violation of people and relationships.
The Community Conference, the most formal of restorative process, brings together those responsible for and those most affected by a serious incident of wrongdoing. Individually and collectively people address the causes of the harm, the impact of the harm on those affected and investigate ways to make amends and minimise the risk of future wrongdoing.