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.

In comparison with other neighboring countries like Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom the development of restorative justice practices in the Netherlands lags behind. All though mediation in the field of civil law is widely practiced and experiments with mediation in criminal cases have been undertaken since the 1980’s the Netherlands still lacks a nationwide program for restorative justice. To facilitate the development of restorative justice in the Netherlands a group of academics, mediators and representatives of various organizations in the criminal justice system have founded the Platform for Mediation in Criminal Justice. One of the primary goals of the platform is to develop a set of standards and principals that can serve as guide for the implementation of restorative justice in the Netherlands and also lays the foundation for possible further legislation in this area. The Platform’s draft ‘Central document’ is the result of the deliberations and debate in the platform. The Central document is the proposed topic of the workshop. Representatives will present the key issues and participants will be asked to reflect on and discuss the choices the platform made on these topics. In particular attention will focus on the relationship with the criminal justice system, the standards for mediators and the position of victims. The input received from the participants will be used for the further development of the document which will be published at the end of 2006. (author's abstract)