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Victim-offender reconciliation schemes in the Greek justice system are institutions that originally belong to the civil justice system, because they presuppose disputes on objects that are disposable by the interested individuals. A criminal case cannot be regarded as an object disposable by the persons directly involved in it, namely the victim and the offender, since it concerns public order and the general interest. Yet, behind many criminal cases there is a private dispute concerning the restoration of the damage caused to the victim by the criminal act. This paper discusses these practices in the Greek criminal justice system.