Source: (1992) In: H. Messmer and H.-U. Otto (eds.), Restorative Justice on Trial: Pitfalls and Potentials of Victim-Offender Mediation: International Research Perspectives. Dordrecht, NETH: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 137-148.

In this paper the author gives a brief summary of the developing phase and features of the mediation projects in Finland and addresses the question of how to get cases for mediation in cooperation with different officials, especially with the police and the prosecutor. The author points out that cooperation with officials has been vital for mediation in Finland. The author also addresses the question of so-called "net-widening" effect and points out that although there are standpoints pro and contra the concept, cooperation with officials is defensible.