Mediation of disputes and criminal cases

Mediation is a possibility – let's bring about reconciliation

Vantaa Mediation Office's operating area consists of: Askola, Hyvinkää, Järvenpää, Kerava, Lapinjärvi, Loviisa, Nurmijärvi, Pornainen, Porvoo, Sipoo, Tuusula, and Vantaa. All municipalities have conference rooms for mediation.

Mediation of criminal cases and disputes is available all over Finland. Participation is voluntary and free of charge. Matters will be impartially and confidentially handled based on the Act on Conciliation in Criminal and Certain Civil Cases (1015/2005).

The parties concerned will meet and address the impediments of the crime or dispute. The aim is to help the parties concerned find mutually satisfactory solutions to compensate for the impediments caused. Mediation issues most commonly consist of violent crimes, crimes against property or various kinds of disputes.

A guardian, trustee and interpreter may participate in mediation. An assistant and support person may also be used in mediation. Mediation requires consent of all the parties concerned. Consent is also required of a minor and his or her guardians, as well as of another legal representative, when required.

Mediators are trained voluntary persons that act under the guidance and supervision of professionals.

Mediation allows the following:

  • to talk about what has happened
  • to be heard
  • to handle events and feelings related to them
  • to assume responsibility for damage caused
  • to reduce the impediments caused by the crime or dispute
  • to recover from events
  • to hasten handling of the criminal case or dispute
  • to influence further handling of the matter

Mediation can be suggested by

  • a party to the crime or dispute
  • a guardian or trustee
  • the police, prosecutor or other authority

The initiative for mediation is submitted to the mediation office. In case of domestic violence, only the police or prosecutor can initiate mediation proceedings. The professionals of the mediation office will analyze whether the matter is suitable for medication and advise on all details.

Progress of mediation

The mediation office contacts both the parties concerned and tells them about

  • mediation and its significance
  • the different parties' position in mediation
  • support services during and after mediation

If mediation is started, the mediators and participants agree on the meetings. The parties concerned shall actively participate in the negotiation. Events will be handled constructively, by listening to one another.

If the parties concerned receive reconciliation, an agreement will be drawn, signed by the mediators. The parties concerned are entitled to interrupt the mediation in any stage. In addition, the mediation personnel may decide to interrupt the mediation in any stage.

After mediation

The solutions, on which the parties concerned agree, can help repair damages and impediments caused. The mediation office will monitor adherence to the agreement and, when required, advise the parties concerned on paying for or receiving compensations.

As a result of mediation, the authorities may interrupt court proceedings or account for mediation when considering potential punishment.