Details of how restorative justice encounters will operate will be set out in a new clause of the crime and courts bill being debated in the House of Lords, reports the Guardian.
At present, the practice is used in relatively few areas. Its formal inclusion in the bill is being presented as a victory for Liberal Democrats.
More top news
Detectives investigating the murder of a young woman who was found dead at an address in south west London have charged two men.
In the run-up to the 8 June General Election, the Labour leader said he wanted to find a way of "reducing that debt burden".
Best of the clear, dry weather across the west overnight.