Source: (2005) Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland.

For the purposes of this Act, mediation in criminal cases (mediation) means a non-chargeable service in which a crime suspect and the victim of that crime are provided the opportunity to meet confidentially through an independent conciliator, to discuss the mental and material harm caused to the victim by the crime and, on their own initiative, to agree on measures to redress the harm. (excerpt)