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If you were ever curious about or have had any question about Restorative Justice, the answer is more than likely below. If in any case your curiosity is still peaked after reviewing the questions and answers, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Please choose a question and answer from the list below:

Those who have caused conflict:

How can this help me?
No jail time, no record, for accepting responsibility for ones actions. Dealing with the dispute with a trained facilitator and all parties involved can resolve an issue outside of the legal system. The process is confidential, there are no legal fees, and there is flexibility in scheduling sessions.

It is a voluntary, confidential process for resolving disputes with the help of a trained facilitator. Both parties must agree to participate; the program does not have the power to subpoena anyone. If you request services we will contact the other party for you, if you wish, to explain the process and ask if the other party is interested in participating.
Why would I consider this option?
Self determination, the participants’ control the decisions, the results are either a mutually beneficial resolution agreed upon by all the parties, or no agreement at all. The facilitator does not tell the participants what to do or make a decision for them. The facilitator can help clarify the issues, brainstorm possible solutions, and will then write out the decisions reached by everyone involved.
Can I use this process?
Most types of conflict can be solved using this method, just give us a call, or send us an e-mail on our contact page and we can answer your specific questions

Those who have been affected by conflict:

How does it work?
Anyone involved with a conflict can requests services. As a person affected by the harm, you would have input into the decisions made by the group on how to repair the harm that has been inflicted.
Why would I consider this option?
Alternative Dispute Resolution is a private and confidential opportunity to discuss what happened, how you felt, and how this has affected you, your family, friends, community.

The participants control the outcome of the circle. Facilitators will not reveal anything that is said or done during the process to anyone who is not present at the time. Nothing presented in the circle can be used in any legal proceeding on the matter.

Sessions can be scheduled at your convenience.
Can this process benefit my situation?
ADR does not interfere with your due process rights. You can always take your case to court if it does not get settled to your satisfaction. Sometimes the process opens the door to a settlement; even if the parties are not able to reach agreement, they continue the conversation started during the session and reach a resolution on their own later.
What do I have to do to start?
Just give us a call (see our contact page for contact information) and we can answer any questions you may have. Then we can schedule an appointment to meet with you and discuss the details of your situation.
How much will this cost me to use?
There are no fees to use our services.

Organizations and business owners:

Can this be of any benefit to our organization?
Sken:nen A'Onsonton offers an opportunity for all organizations to utilize our services to assist in dealing with issues of conflict that are affecting the work enviornment.
Why would I consider this option?
Alternative Dispute Resolution is a private and confidential opportunity to resolve conflicts between staff members, or others who may be affected.
Are the outcomes of files kept confidential?
Files are kept confidential; all facilitators and participants must sign a confidentiality waiver. Any agreements reached by the participants will be signed, copied and distributed only to those who have participated.

Courts:

Can ADR help a client currently involved in the court system?
Yes, many if not most cases will be resolved through negotiation or another process where the parties come to a joint decision. There are many reasons why the judicial system prefers that parties work out their issues rather than having a Judge decide the fate of the parties.

ADR is "another process where the parties can come to a joint decision".
Can ADR supplement services offered by the court system?
Yes, there are no limitations upon the amount of time used by the parties to reach a decision. The only limitation is the willingness of the parties to participate.
Can ADR offer a problem solving approach where the court system is either too costly or too slow?
Yes, there are no fees to use the ADR services. The cost of obtaining a lawyer or advisor is left to the decision of the participant. At the present time, the only delay in addressing a concern is the amount of time it takes to contact the other person(s) required to discuss the issue.

Aside from cost and timing advantages; ADR can address relationship questions which might not otherwise be "judiciable" (capable of being decided by a court".)