VORP/CJC cases are referred directly by the court. During a VORP/CJC meeting a trained facilitator brings together victims, offenders and their respective supporters. Everyone discusses:
- What happened
- How everyone has been affected
- How to resolve the matter and prevent it from happening again (written agreement).
If the agreement is completed, then the case is closed. If the agreement is not completed, then the case gets returned to the court to be processed in the usual manner.
Since everyone affected by the incident is included in deciding how to repair the harm, compliance with the community conferencing agreements is extremely high (over 95%).
- Delivers an immediate, meaningful response to crime
- Reduces recidivism
- Holds offenders accountable for their action
- Highly cost effective
- Includes victims in deciding outcomes
- Take part in the process of justice
- Ask questions about the offense
- Explain how they were affected
- Receive compensation for their loss
- Take personal accountability and responsibility for actions
- Realize the impact of his/her actions on the victim
- Apologize directly to the victim
- Get an opportunity to make things right
- Decreases the likelihood of future offenses
- Saves the court both valuable time and money, thus saving taxpayers money
- A low-cost means of resolving a significant number of cases
- An opportunity to increase family participation