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.

This paper deals with the latest developments in the Greek Criminal Law related to criminalization of intimate violent acts and in particular with the introduction of victim-offender mediation, a restorative practice, in such cases. Under the criminal law 3500/2006 with the title “Countering intimate violence and other provisions”, approved in January 2007, the so-called “criminal mediation” was introduced as a measure which can be imposed by the Prosecutor under certain conditions in cases of intimate violence misdemeanours. This paper is a critical account of the provisions incorporated in articles 11-14 of the aforementioned Greek Criminal Law, with a particular focus on the allocation of mediation process to the prosecutor, instead of a person specialized in mediation (mediator). It discusses the arguments expressed in favour of or against this provision by policymakers, non-governmental organizations, practitioners, researchers etc. and concludes with the problems which will probably arise throughout the application of the law. (excerpt)