HOW TO SEEK RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
In Nova Scotia, the Program is currently available for youth aged 12-17 inclusive.
There are four Entry Points
The Program integrates referrals to restorative justice at four stages of the criminal justice process.
Only certain types of offences can be referred at each stage. Youth who meet the Program’s eligibility criteria can be referred at the following four entry points:
Police Entry Point - referral by a police officer before a charge is laid (pre-charge)
Crown Entry Point - referral by Crown attorney after a charge is laid (post-charge)
Court Entry Point - referral by a judge after a conviction and before a sentence is imposed (post-conviction/pre-sentence)
Corrections Entry Point - referral by staff of Correctional Services or Victim Services after a sentence has been imposed (post-sentence)
The best time to seek the program is before court appearance. If your case has not been diverted, speak with the Crown to see that it has been fully considered.