Island Community Justice Society

By: Island Community Justice  09-12-2011

Services Overview

1. Group Educational Workshops


Victim Empathy

Shoplifting Education

Anger Awareness and Management

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness

Decision Making

These workshops are delivered on a case per case basis, depending on the issues presenting by the youth or the crime committed.

2. Restorative Justice Services

I. Family Group Conference

A Restorative Justice accountability session with wide involvement which will include the victim and/or support persons, the youth and support persons; as well as representatives from the community of harm. There is capacity for police co-facilitation, where requested. This is the preferred approach for most Restorative Justice referrals because it does include the three components - youth, victim, and community and shows the wider impact of criminal activity as well as, community support for involved parties.


Pre and Post charge referrals from police and crown

Appropriate for pre-disposition referrals from courts

Can accommodate post-sentence referrals from Corrections/Victim's Services

II. Victim Offender Meeting

A facilitated session with the victim and offender with his/her parents or guardian in attendance. An appropriate service option where the victim requests a confidential process, or where the case warrants a more individual approach.


Pre and Post charge referrals from police and crown

Appropriate for pre-disposition referrals from courts

Can accommodate post sentence referrals from Corrections/Victim's Services

III. Accountability Meeting

A facilitated educational and accountability session where trained volunteers assist a youth to explore the offence and develop a reparation agreement. This process is appropriate for first time offences which are considered low end like property or mischief, and Liquor Control Act violations, and or where there is no identifiable victim. Again, it is important to stress that although these are appropriate and meet the educational goal, ICJS strives to deliver Family Group Conferences because of the value added with community representation.

Group Accountability Meetings emerged in response to large group offending or a commonality in offence type. For instance, if several referrals were received for Liquor Act violations (drinking under age), a group of youth could be brought together for an accountability and educational process which involves a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Workshop sponsored either in-house or in partnership with Addictions Counsellors.


Pre and Post charge referrals from police and crown, where the offence warrants this approach.

IV. Sentencing Circle

A specific process, which will use the structure and preparation processes of a Family Group Conference, but which will include formal roles of the referring judge and other members of the formal justice system. The process of determining an agreed upon outcome will lead to the youth's sentence.


Post charge/pre sentence referrals from courts

3. Community Service Order Program

Established service to respond to community service order referrals from youth courts


Ongoing referrals of Community Service Orders assigned by courts separate from, or in conjunction with, referrals to Restorative Justice services.

4. Children at the Critical Hour (CATCH)

A pro-active pilot project which uses an age appropriate, modified Restorative Justice process for children aged 8 - 11 years of age and who engage in activity that would be considered an offence if they were older and or who exhibit behaviour that could lead to harm to self or others. (Please see CATCH for more detail.)


Referrals from government and community agencies who recognize children who need help dealing with anti-social behaviour.

Review of Case Flow:

ICJS uses a "Three Equal Levels of Service Strategy" when working with referrals.

How will a Restorative Justice Process Help Youth, Victims and the Community?

For the youth-accountability

For the victim-opportunity to challenge, confront, be heard

For the community-opportunity for input, to offer support