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Mediation in criminal law will be called upon more often. Where suitable and appropriate, mediation can contribute to a proper settling of criminal cases for all parties concerned. The government encourages the settling of disputes out of court, with or without the help of an intermediary. Mediation is an example of this.
It is not yet known when this change will come into effect.
Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant(in Dutch).