Source: (2002) In Restorative Justice and its Relation to the Criminal Justice System: Papers from the second conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, Oostende, Belgium, 10-12 October. Pp. 41-52. Downloaded 23 February 2005.

In November 2000, an action research started on the implementation of Family Group Conferences in Flanders, Belgium for which the first referral was made in January 2001. The idea is to set up conferencing, based on the New Zealand model and evaluate whether or not this model is applicable in Belgium and if so for whom. In this paper we will describe the set up of the program, as well as different issues with regard to working at the level of the youth court: what criteria are used, how are cases referred, what kind of outcomes are presented and how do judges follow up the project. (excerpt)