Justice ministry to increase use of mediation in parish courts

Sunday, January 01, 2017

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The Ministry of Justice says it is moving to increase the use of mediation in disposing of cases before the Parish Courts

Director of the Justice Reform Implementation Unit Althea McBean made the disclosure in a recent Jamaica Information Service interview.

McBean said studies indicate that as much as 40 per cent of cases are disposed of through mediation in the Supreme Court, and as a result steps are being taken to ramp up its use at the Parish Court level.

"In the Supreme Court, every civil matter has to go before mediation before it is set for trial. In the Parish Court it is not mandatory, as it is in the Supreme Court, but steps are being taken to increase its use," she said.

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that helps people to settle differences outside of the court system.

Instead of asking a judge to make a decision in court, the parties meet with a trained mediator who assists them to make their own decision on how to resolve the dispute.

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