Alaska Delinquency Rule 23(f)
Restorative Justice in a Disposition
Rule 23. Disposition or Dual Sentence
(f) Restorative Justice Programs.
(1) With the consent of the victim(s), the Department and the juvenile may stipulate to a stay of disposition pending a referral of the matter to a restorative justice program. The parties must inform the restorative justice program about any applicable mandatory disposition provisions at the time the matter is submitted to the program.
(2) The court shall give due consideration to the recommendations made pursuant to a referral authorized by paragraph (1).
(3) The term ""restorative justice program"" means a program using a process in which persons having an interest in a specific offense collectively resolve how to respond to the offense, its aftermath, and its implications for the future. Restorative justice programs include, but are not limited to, circle sentencing, family group conferencing, reparative boards, and victim/offender mediation. For purposes of this rule, the term ""restorative justice program"" does not include the Alaska Court System’s therapeutic courts.
(4) Except as provided below, the judge rendering the disposition shall not participate directly in any restorative justice program to which a case is referred for dispositional recommendations.
(A) The judge may be present during the proceedings of the program provided that:
(i) the proceedings are conducted on the record; or
(ii) minutes of the proceedings are kept in a manner that the parties agree will fairly and accurately represent what is said at those proceedings.
(B) The judge may speak at these proceedings provided that the judge’s comments do not detract or appear to detract from the judge’s neutrality.