Source: (2010) In, Melinda Gyokos and Krisztina Lanyi, eds., European best practices of restorative justice in criminal Procedure. Budapest: Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, Republic of Hungary.pp. 118-124.

Interest in mediation in Poland first appeared in the early 1990s. A group of government employees and representatives from a non-governmental organization helping prisoners visited German mediation centres. At the same time, several researchers and academics in criminology and especially juvenile justice became interested in mediation as well. They sought new ways of responding to crime -- providing more help to juveniles and meeting the needs of victims. A working group established the following directions for the development of mediation projects in Poland: carrying out experiments in mediation; establishing legal principles; organizing trainings for mediators as well as seminars and conferences; and publishing information on mediation. Experimental programmes targeted at juveniles were initiated in 1996, and other steps were also taken (e.g. international conferences in 1995, and training sessions for mediators). (excerpt)

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