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Sheffield Community Justice Panels

How we are providing restorative justice in Sheffield.

 

The Community Justice Panels

Sheffield has a unique way of tackling crime and re-offending.

Community Justice Panels bring victims and wrongdoers together to resolve conflict and harm caused by anti-social behaviour and crime.

The Panels encourage wrongdoers to acknowledge the impact of what they have done and make amends to the victim and the wider community by apologising and engaging in reparative work.

Community Justice Panels are not designed to punish the wrongdoer, but they are not a soft option either, as they make the offender face up to the impact of what they have done.

 

Problems they deal with

Community Justice Panels deal with low-level crime and anti-social behaviour, including

  • Neighbour disputes
  • Criminal damage
  • Thefts
  • Assaults

 

The Process

  1. Everyone involved agrees to take part in the Community Justice Panel.
  2. The wrongdoer must admit that they have caused harm.
  3. Each party can bring a supporter with them.
  4. All participants are given the opportunity to speak, and through a structured discussion, the participants come to an agreement about the best way to resolve the problem.
  5. At the conclusion of the Panel, the victim and wrongdoer sign a Community Justice Agreement (CJPA).

 

Volunteers Needed

If you would like to become a volunteer facilitator and help victims and wrong doers reach an agreement over how each case should be resolved then please get in touch.

You will have an informal interview with the Community Justice Panel coordinators.  Successful candidates will be offered a place on a three day training course.

 

Contact Us

Telephone: (0114) 273 6421
Email: communityjustice@sheffield.gov.uk

  • Modified: May 16, 2012 1:47:06 PM