A human-centered approach to justice

South Shore Community Justice Society is a non-profit organization responsible for administering the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program in Lunenburg and Queens Counties.

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice views crime as more than breaking the law – it also causes harm to people, relationships, and the community. So a just response must address those harms as well as the wrongdoing.

Restorative justice takes a relational approach in response to crime. It is based on and guided by the following principles:

Relationally focused

Attention to interconnection, seeking to understand and promote just relations between individuals, groups and communities

Comprehensive and holistic

Takes into account histories, contexts and causes of harm and its impacts.

Inclusive and participatory

Culturally grounded and trauma informed, attentive to the needs of parties and the safety and well-being of participants.


Contextual, flexible practice, accessible, efficient and effective processes, informed by data and knowledge.

Collaborative and non-adversarial

Among parties to the process and system and community partners.


Educative (not punitive), problem-solving, preventative and proactive.

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129 Aberdeen Rd, Suite 208
Bridgewater, NS B4V 2S7


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