Neighbourhood Justice Panels
What are Neighbourhood Justice Panels?
A Neighbourhood Justice Panel (NJP) is a voluntary process which brings together victims and wrongdoers or two parties unable to settle their differences. The aim is to resolve conflict and harm caused by anti-social behaviour and crime. The process is suitable for adults and youths and is facilitated by trained community volunteers.
It offers people who have suffered harm the opportunity to have their harm or loss acknowledged and for something to be done to compensate for it.
Importantly, the process is victim led.
The panels encourage wrongdoers to acknowledge the impact of what they have done and make amends to the victim and wider community by engaging in reparative work, or any other action required, for example: an apology.
NJPs can often be used to address housing disputes and avoid enforcement action being taken against a person’s tenancy.