Source: (2008) Report of the fifth conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Building restorative justice in Europe: cooperation between the public, policy makers, practitioners and researchers, Verona.

The objective of this workshop is to identify prejudices and misperceptions concerning VOM within the judicial system, which can hinder an effective implementation of mediation in criminal cases and to find ways to increase the cooperation with our working agencies. We do not mean only police officers, prosecutors and judges, but also the social sector and the prison and probation authorities. When discussing these questions we have to keep in mind that the initial incorporation of mediation in criminal cases varies from country to country, due to cultural, socioeconomic and historical background. (excerpt)