Washtenaw County Trying 'Peacemaking Court'

Nov 6, 2013

The Washtenaw County Circuit Court is getting some state funding to try a new - or actually very old - brand of justice.  

Credit Morgue File

State grants will help create a "peacemaking court", which uses Native American principles to help resolve disputes. 

Circuit Court Judge Tim Connors says it gives the court more options, with an emphasis on the importance of admitting wrongdoing and apologizing for it.

"Peacemaking courts" will find everyone involved in the process working together to make things right and re-integrate offenders into the community. 

They'll follow what they call the three R's: respect, responsibility, relationships and re-direction. 

If successful, "peacemaking courts" could be expanded to other jurisdictions.