Source: (2008) European Forum for Restorative Justice. 9(1):8-10

At the Third Summit of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, May 2005), the Heads of State and Government undertook to make "full use of the Council of Europe's standard-setting potential" and "promote implementation and further development of the Organization’s legal instruments and mechanisms of legal co-operation". They also decided "to help member states to deliver justice fairly and rapidly and to develop alternative means for the settlement of disputes". In the light of this decision the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) decided to create a Working Group on Mediation. Its task was to enable a better implementation of the four recommendations of the Committee of Ministers concerning mediation: R(98)1 on family mediation, R(99)10 concerning mediation in penal matters, R(2001)9 on alternatives to litigation between administrative authorities and private parties, and R(2002)10 on mediation in civil matters. (Excerpt)