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Alternative route

Tuesday, 22nd May 2019

"Alternative dispute resolution – also known as ADR – is now fully available to judges and lawyers as a remedy in lawsuits and criminal cases, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson has announced.

As a two-day workshop to train new mediators ended at the Radisson Aquatica hotel last night,

Sir Marston told participants that the changes are included in two new practice directions – supplemental protocols to the rules governing civil and criminal matters in the Supreme Court and the Magistrate’s Court. The Chief Justice signed the new protocols into force on February 8.

He said the first change to the practice direction requires the public to be made aware that mediation is now available when someone files a lawsuit.

“In the old practice direction the situation was that mediation was considered to be part of case management.

“Just as it is in the rules, if you look at the CPR [Civil Procedure Rules] you’ll see that between parts 25 and 27 that’s where you’ll get ADR [alternative dispute resolution] being mentioned, not in the Practice Direction,” the Chief Justice said."

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