The Sentencing Amendment Act 2014: The New Restorative Justice Regime (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
At your desk or on your portable device

Restorative justice (RJ) opportunities have been expanded under new provisions of the Sentencing Act 2002. This impacts significantly on the court system and on lawyers’ day-to-day dealings with their clients and other stakeholders. 

This On Demand webinar provides key information about this new sentencing consideration (which is mandatory in certain circumstances) and guidance for how lawyers can best represent their clients. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Become aware of the nature and purpose of the amendments, the consequences for clients generally and implications for those on legal aid.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of lawyers and others within the new RJ regime.
  • Become better equipped in advising clients about RJ practices and processes, including opportunities for Maori clients and victims.
  • Receive guidance on how to anticipate and manage potential delays within the court system which may arise through the new RJ regime. 

Who should view?

Those practising in criminal law. Litigators involved in health and safety prosecutions and family lawyers who advise on domestic violence matters may also benefit from attending. 



Helen Bowen
Barrister & Youth Advocate

Helen Bowen is a criminal barrister, youth advocate and AODTC lawyer.

In 2000 (with Jim Boyack) she was contracted by the then Department for Courts to provide training for 80 community restorative justice facilitators in four courts in New Zealand.

Since then Helen has provided RJ training services nationally and internationally, including working with the Thames Valley Police in London and community groups in Northern Ireland.

She continues to provide professional development and supervision with Auckland RJ provider groups and specialises in the area of Health and Safety RJ conferences in WorkSafe prosecutions.

Rosie Abbott

Lawyer, Public Defence Service

Rosie first became involved with Te Whanau Awhina in 1995 when it was part of a pilot programme to trial restorative justice in the adult criminal jurisdiction. She worked as administrative support and as a panel member of the programme during that time.

Rosie coordinated the Te Whanau Awhina Marae restorative justice programme from 2005-2009 in the Waitakere District court, and facilitated conferences on the marae and in the community. She spent three years as police prosecutor and held the role as RJ liaison during that period. Rosie managed the Justice Services at Te Whanau o Waipareira and Hoani Waititi Marae, which included managing and developing the Te Whanau Awhina  programme from 2012-2014 in the role of Poutoko Rakau Ture.

Rosie is now working with the Public Defence Service as a lawyer but also continues to work with both the Te Whanau Awhina and Waitakere Restorative Justice programmes. In addition, she is completing her Master’s degree in law at Auckland University. Rosie is currently accredited to facilitate family violence RJ conferences.