Source: (1998) In, Beata Czarnecka-Dzialuk and Dobroncha Wojcik, eds., Juvenile Offender-Victim Mediation. Warszawa: Oficyna Naukowa. Pp. 51-59.

To illustrate her discussion of victim-offender mediation in Austria, Christa Pelikan recounts actual cases of mediation. Thus, along with theoretical explanation, she tries to show what mediation is and what mediation is not. Through concrete example and careful reflection, her treatment of mediation deals with specific issues regarding mediation and the courts, the people involved in mediation, and the roles of those involved. Hence, she looks at the situation in Austria: numbers and types of cases diverted to mediation; the legal and judicial context and role in mediation; and the penal system and mediation.