Sentencing procedure

24A Adjournment for restorative justice process in certain cases

(1)

This section applies if—

(a)

an offender appears before the District Court at any time before sentencing; and

(b)

the offender has pleaded guilty to the offence; and

(c)

there are 1 or more victims of the offence; and

(d)

no restorative justice process has previously occurred in relation to the offending; and

(e)

the Registrar has informed the court that an appropriate restorative justice process can be accessed.

(2)

The court must adjourn the proceedings to—

(a)

enable inquiries to be made by a suitable person to determine whether a restorative justice process is appropriate in the circumstances of the case, taking into account the wishes of the victims; and

(b)

enable a restorative justice process to occur if the inquiries made under paragraph (a) reveal that a restorative justice process is appropriate in the circumstances of the case.

Section 24A: inserted, on 6 December 2014, by section 4 of the Sentencing Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 38).

Section 24A(1)(a): amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).