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    • Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, says Cabinet has approved the tabling of a bill to implement restorative justice as part of the formal court system.
    • The Justice Minister noted that restorative justice has been practised in Jamaica since 2012 under a programme being piloted by the Justice Ministry.
    • He noted that there are different points in the administration of justice that the restorative justice principles can be applied.

    Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, says Cabinet has approved the tabling of a bill to implement restorative justice as part of the formal court system.

    “We will table the bill in Parliament as soon as it reconvenes,” Minister Golding said, during a recent interview on the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) current affairs programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.

    He said the development “represents a significant step forward for the roll-out of restorative justice nationally for Jamaica. We think restorative justice can be a significant aid for Jamaica in dealing with violence and violent crime.”

    Restorative justice seeks to rehabilitate offenders through positive engagement with victims and reintegration within the community.

    The Justice Minister noted that restorative justice has been practised in Jamaica since 2012 under a programme being piloted by the Justice Ministry.

    Eleven communities are actively engaged in the pilot with the support of eight centres, and over 200 practitioners have been trained, and more than 30 trainers certified.

    “We want to take it to a national level and that requires legislation to recognise the procedure so that the courts can refer appropriate cases to the restorative justice programme; whether when the case first comes to court or before it is concluded, right before sentencing,” Senator Golding explained.

    He noted that there are different points in the administration of justice that the restorative justice principles can be applied.

    “There are cases where restorative justice aids in the rehabilitation of convicted offenders. Before they are released, the practice can be used as a tool to help with their reintegration into the communities they are from,” he pointed out.