A Restorative Adjudication Process Shows Promise

Following the integration of restorative procedures into the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2012 – a first for a Canadian province- six adjudication decisions have been reached using restorative procedures. These procedures have carved a promising path forward for access to justice in the province by helping to reduce reliance on lawyers and technical procedures and offering an alternative for quick, fair, proportional and cost-effective adjudications.

With investigation time reduced 83% (from three years to six months) and hearings reduced by more than 80% (from five days to one day), these results point to an option that may be more collaborative, more meaningful and, as one adjudicator wrote, “as efficient and as cost effect…[tive] as possible.”

For more information read, A Restorative Adjudication Process Shows Promise by Lisa Teryl, available here.

One thought on “A Restorative Adjudication Process Shows Promise

  1. Many thanks for sharing Lisa Teryl’s piece from The Society Record’s special Spring 2016 edition on restorative justice! However, we notice that part of it is cut off at the bottom, and the reproduction is not great. Here’s a link to the original article in case useful for any of your readers, who may also want to check out the other articles on RJ: http://nsbs.org/sites/default/files/cms/publications/society-record/nsbssrvol33no1fall2015.pdf#page=31

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