Mediation in criminal justice system

01 Jul 2008

The Turkish Ministry of Justice and UNDP hosted a two-day workshop to launch the Project for the Development of Practice of Mediation in Criminal Justice System of Turkey on 12 June 2008 in Ankara.

New Horizons - The Project aims to contribute to increased efficiency of the criminal justice system through provision of technical know-how and capacity building for the practices of the Ministry of Justice in the areas of restorative justice and victim offender mediation in Turkey.

Within the broader framework of a capacity building strategy being initiated by the Ministry of Justice, the project will contribute to the institutional capacity building through training of trainers in the field of restorative justice in general, victim-offender mediation in particular and contribute to broader application of this alternative dispute resolution mechanism through awareness raising programs.

The workshop was inaugurated by Deputy Undersecretary Mr. Ahmet Kahraman, Criminal Affairs General Director Mr. Nizamettin Kalaman, Head of Training Department Mr. Özcan Avcı and UNDP Turkey Deputy Resident Representative Ms. Ulrika Richardson-Golinski.

During the meeting, issues of the place and importance of mediation in the Turkish criminal justice system were taken up as well as the experiences, gains and challenges of the use of mediation practices in Turkey and the relation between restorative justice and criminal law. The findings of the survey that had been previously conducted on mediation and it’s implementation were also shared with the participants and small workshops were organized.

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