Source: (2001) Paper presented at the sixth annual conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, held in Sydney, Australia, 2-7 September.

A state prosecutor in Slovenia, Alenka Meznar explores Slovenia’s efforts to implement settlements prior to criminal proceedings. The aims are to address lesser offences effectively while at the same time reducing their impact on the courts (thus freeing the court system to deal more adequately with more serious forms of organized crime and corruption). Specifically, Meznar discusses two alternatives to criminal proceedings in the Slovene system: deferred prosecution leading to some form of compensation from the offender to the victim; and victim-offender mediation.

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