Source: (2006) Papers presented at the Fourth Conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, “Restorative justice: An agenda for Europe”, Barcelona, Spain, 15-17 June 2006.

Victim-Offender Mediation with certain types of offences will exist in Hungary from 1 January, 2007. (Act LI. 2006) Restorative criminal justice is promoted by the taking into account of the victims’ interests during the criminal procedure and the compensation of damages caused by criminal offences by the state. For the sake of this, an act was passed on the assistance of the victims of criminal offences and on the compensation of damages by the state (Act CXXXV, 2005). Furthermore, the offender is urged to restore the state prior to the damage caused by the criminal offence by the widening range of regulations making more favourable judgement possible in the Penal Code, which create a reason for the elimination of punishability or make it possible to mitigate punishment without limits, or e.g. the legal institution of the postponement of accusation in the Code of Criminal Procedure.(excerpt)