Secretary of Justice Robert Gelli took part in the Conference of Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe, which was held in Venice on 13 and 14 December 2021 as part of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.
The theme of the Conference was “Crime and criminal justice – The role of restorative justice in Europe”, and its aim was to progress the debate on restorative justice in criminal matters within the Council of Europe, based on the analysis carried out by European and international sources, and taking note of best practices in member states. Restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm caused by criminal behaviour.
Although the process of restorative justice remains at an early stage so far in Monaco, as the country does not have a concrete general legislative framework that would enable its legal implementation, the Secretary of Justice noted that Monaco shared the aim of developing restorative justice. The substantive and productive discussions during the Conference will offer inspiration for future developments.
Member states unanimously adopted the Venice Declaration on the Role of Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters to promote the practice and expand its use by member states of the Council of Europe with a view to broad implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec (2018)8 of the Committee of Ministers concerning restorative justice in criminal matters.
Mr Gelli was accompanied by his advisor at the Department of Justice, Mr Richard Dubant.