Restorative Justice is a philosophy that looks at crime and conflict as a breakdown between people and relationships. Restorative Justice acknowledges that when a crime occurs it impacts the victim, community, and offender, and therefore in order to resolve or to start to heal the harm, all people affected need to be part of the conversation.

North Shore Restorative Justice understands that each individual file is different and thus works to build a restorative process around the needs of the victim, community, and offender. In order for a file to be referred to North Shore Restorative Justice, the person who has been harmed (i.e. the victim) must want to participate in restorative justice, as well as the person responsible for the harm needs to take responsibility and want to participate in restorative justice. It is imperative to the process that participation in restorative justice is voluntary on all accounts as well as confidential.