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Out-of-Court Settlement

Settlement made out of court gives the perpetrators of minor offences the chance to take responsibility for their actions and help repair the damage they have caused. The alternative being to undergo sentencing by a court and incur the stigmatism of criminal offenders. The victim, in turn, is given the chance to face the offender, to obtain an apology and agree directly on the best form of indemnification.

"Thanks to the training UNICEF organised for 39 new mediators, out-of-court settlements have become available to children and youth in the whole of Croatia."

The practice of out-of-court settlement applied in Croatia has so far shown that 80 per cent of all cases ended successfully, with court proceedings avoided in 85 per cent of cases, and that in as much as 95 per cent of cases both the victims and perpetrators were satisfied with the outcome.

A majority of cases, as many as 75 per cent, ended in three months and the remainder lasted for six months, which is much shorter when compared to the usual length of court proceedings.

ZIn light of the advantages of out-of-court settlements compared to other measures against children and minors in conflict with law UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, the Association for Out-of-Court Settlement and Mediation, and the State Attorney’s Office, organised training for 39 new mediators in 2014. Thanks to the training, the service has been made available to children and youth throughout Croatia.

 

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Updated: 25 May 2016
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