The Honourable Beverley Browne – Wîyasôw Iskweêw – Restorative Justice Committee is holding a symposium on Thursday, March 31 commencing at 4 p.m. in the Indigenous Court in Calgary.
The symposium brings together representatives of Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta, Indigenous communities, Crown and Defence counsel, and members of community organizations to discuss the launch of the criminal restorative justice pilot project.
At the symposium, the Chiefs of all Alberta Courts, Federal and Provincial Ministers of Justice, Co-chairs Queen’s Bench Justice Anna Loparco and Provincial Court Judge Michelle Christopher, and a panel of guest speakers will discuss how the pilot project aligns with the TRC Calls to Action and recognizes alternative pathways to justice.
Restorative justice referrals will be considered in cases in which:
- The offender acknowledges responsibility;
- The facts of the offence are agreed upon by all; and
- There is voluntary, informed consent by all participating parties.
As part of this pilot project, the Committee will publish the prosecution guidelines for referrals and maintain a roster of Restorative Justice service providers that will allow parties to determine appropriate service providers given the circumstances of each case and the parties involved.
Please visit the project website
for complete information on the symposium and on the Honourable Beverley Browne – Wîyasôw Iskweêw – Restorative Justice Pilot Project.