Restorative Justice is defined as an approach to justice that aims to involve the parties to a dispute and others affected by the harm (victims, offenders, families concerned and community members) in collectively identifying harms, needs and obligations through accepting responsibilities, making restitution and taking measures to prevent a recurrence of the incident and promoting reconciliation.  This may be applied at any appropriate stage after the incident.


Currently Restorative Justice Practitioners in South Africa mainly deal with criminal matters, but the discipline is not limited to that.  Experts and stakeholders have pulled together and agreed on certain minimum standards for the industry.  The South African Restorative Justice Accreditation Body (SARJAB) was established in 2019 and persons who are affiliated to accredited ADR membership organizations who successfully complete the required training may become accredited RJ Practitioners.

Restorative Justice Practitioners must successfully complete the following training modules:

1.  40-hour accredited contact Restorative Justice Training course, or a 24-hour accredited contact Restorative Justice Bridging Training course for accredited mediators.


2.  16-hour accredited Law for RJ Practitioners

3.  16-hour accredited Psychology for RJ Practitioners