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Mediators ease court's burden as divorces rise

Monday, 29th August 2017

"...I rarely connected with the court before, but I've been easing conflicts between family members and neighbors for about seven years," said Hei, of the Hongxing community in the city's Xincheng district.

Hei is one of 111 mediators selected by the court to help reform the handling of domestic disputes.

In the past, residents with domestic conflicts came to the court directly, but judges sometimes could not fully solve their problems because they did not know the root of the problems. Making matters worse, the rising number of domestic cases, led by divorce, often gave judges little, if any, time to understand deeply, the court said in a statement.

"So we decided to call on more people to join us, helping us solve domestic disputes," said Yao Jianjun, president of the court.

According to the nation's top court, Chinese courts concluded 1.75 million domestic disputes in 2016. Of those, 1.4 million were divorces.

Last week, the Xincheng court cooperated with the district's justice bureau and women's federation, selecting the 111 mediators for 111 communities, the statement said.

"All of them have knowledge of mediation or have worked in the communities before," Yao said. "We hope they can help us first understand what the domestic conflict is all about, as well as the family backgrounds of the two parties."

Hei, the mediator, said the mediation process and background survey can serve as a reference for the court.

"Judges can make a comprehensive verdict after reading materials provided by us," Hei said..."

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