We have supported the set up of the pilot project
on diversion for juvenills in conflict with the law." This project is successfully implemented by the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision and the Prosecutor General's Office. The project provides for the transition of the criminal proceedings against minors from punitive to restorative approach. This approach will help children to avoid the sentence for minor crimes.
The project engages the mediators in the process of reconciliation of the juvenile offenders and the victims. The mediator helps the parties to agree on compensation that suits both of them. The reconciliation and compensation are the grounds for relief from criminal punishment or even criminal liability.
We've also developed guidelines for the mediators participating in the project. Together with our partners from the Institute for Peace and Common Ground we have conducted a series of training for 100 attorneys from the Public Legal Aid system in six regions on mediation in criminal cases against minors. Since March 2019, 63 minors participated in the project and 50 mediation agreements