The New Zealand Model of Family Group Conferencing
Author: McElrea, J.F.W.M.
Source: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Volume 6, Number 4, 1998 , pp. 527-543(17)
Abstract:The Family Group Conference (FGC) originated in New Zealand where it is the foundation stone of the Youth Justice system introduced in 1989. A significant feature of that system is the way in which it enables restorative justice principles to be implemented in an integrated manner in a statutory framework supervised by the courts and applicable to all young offenders throughout New Zealand. FGCs are used both as a diversionary technique (pre-adjudication) and at a (post-adjudication) pre-sentencing stage. In addition this type of model is now being applied in a voluntary way but on a small scale with adults. A significant feature of the FGC model is its greater use of community-based solutions with a consequent reduction in the number of young persons in state institutions.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Auckland District Court, Private Bag 92069, Auckland New Zealand E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 1998-01-01