Monitoring visits to observe the pilot practices in Mersin and Kayseri jurisdictions were held in the framework of the project entitled "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey", implemented by the Council of Europe and co-funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Republic of Turkey. The delegation composed of the Ministry of Justice; the Council of Europe and SIDA representatives launched the monitoring visits in Mersin on 19 January 2016.
The visit started with the pre-assessment meeting with the participation of Chief Public Prosecutor of Mersin, Head of Justice Commission, pilot judges, mediators, mediation centre and front office staff. The delegation then observed judicial referral process in a hearing at the 4th Civil Court of Mersin. Following the visits and review of practices at the Mediation Centre and the Front Office, the delegation participated in the seminar on “Mediation in Family Disputes” held for mediators and lawyers. The visit was concluded on 20 January with a general evaluation meeting during which the outcomes and findings of the monitoring were discussed and evaluated by all stakeholders.