The present study focused on procedural justice in the context of restorative justice conferencing, where disputants themselves, rather than judges or juries, make outcome decisions. In a laboratory study, participants (n=131) allocated a resource and judged procedural fairness, following an encounter with either a biased or neutral experimenter. Results indicated that participants judged a procedure to be unfair when the participant had not corrected for perceived bias through their outcome choices. These findings suggest that, in procedural contexts where disputants decide outcomes, procedural justice judgments function differently from those decision making contexts in which third parties (judges/juries) decide outcomes.
Poster presented at 'Bridging the Discipline', Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 05-08 March 2008