Restorative Justice Service Review

We’re reviewing the Restorative Justice (RJ) service. The review is an information gathering exercise to understand how the service is currently meeting the needs of participants. This will help us to understand what’s working well and what needs to be improved, which may be used to inform the future model of Ministry of Justice funded RJ in New Zealand.

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What are we doing?

The Ministry of Justice is completing a review of Restorative Justice (RJ) services to ensure that it meets the needs of people who participate in the service. The review is focused on gathering information from all parties involved with the service.

Why are we reviewing the service?

Restorative Justice (RJ) is an important service that aims to bring victims and offenders together to address harm that has occurred. It is important to ensure that the model continues to be safe and effective for all participants. Completing the review is the first step in helping ensure that the RJ service remains an appropriate and flexible justice service for New Zealanders.

What will the review look like?

We want to hear from the people and organisations involved with RJ to understand their experiences to gain an understanding on how well the current service meets the needs of participants.

We will be engaging with key Stakeholder Groups who are involved with RJ to gain insights and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current model.  

These stakeholder groups include:

  • Court staff
  • Judiciary
  • Service providers
  • Participants
  • Police
  • Lawyers
  • Māori providers and participants

People who have used the RJ service are in the best position to tell us how things are working. Therefore, the review has a special focus on hearing their first-hand, lived experience.

The voices of Stakeholder Groups and people who have attended the RJ service will form the basis of a final recommendations report. The endorsed recommendations report will be sent to all parties who contributed, as well as made publicly available.

When is it happening?

Planning for the review is currently underway.  Engagement is likely to take place between June and September 2021.

The project team will be working alongside representatives from each Stakeholder Group to inform engagement. Updated information will be released on this webpage soon.

If you have any questions, you can email the project team at

Key dates for the review

June 2021 – September 2021 Engagement with RJ providers
July 2021 – September 2021 Engagement begins with Court staff
November 2021 Report and recommendations published