Right to the community: Neighborhood justice in the Netherlands

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In 1997, inspired by the French 'maisons de justice' and the American community
justice programme, a project was launched in the Netherlands under the
title 'lustitie in de buurt', with the dual meaning 'neighbourhood justice' and
'justice nearby'. The idea was to open offices where the prosecutor and other
judicial institutions could operate in a problem-oriented way, near to the public
and near to other official bodies, like the police, local administration, welfare
organizations and so on. This article will report on the development of the
project. First, it will explain how this new idea was implemented by the Ministry
of Justice. In addition, the pilot projects will be described and some preliminary
results will be given. Finally the project is positioned in relation to the development
of the welfare state. A liberal state and a plural society are more and more
dependent on law and the judiciary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
JournalEuropean Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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