Raising awareness of the mediation process is necessary for legislation to be effective – Joint Oireachtas Justice Committee report21 Jun 2012
Raising awareness of the mediation process is essential and it must be distinguished from other dispute resolution approaches such as arbitration, according to a new report on the Mediation Bill by the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.
As part of hearings in relation to the Scheme of the Mediation Bill, the Committee was told that that awareness of mediation and its benefits was very low generally and needed to be addressed if the legislation is to be as effective as possible.
Chairman of the Committee, Deputy David Stanton said: “Society needs to be informed of the potential benefits of mediation in dispute resolution and that it is not always necessary for disputes to be resolved through litigation. It is clear from the excellent submissions made and the informative and open interactions during the public hearing process entered into by the justice committee that mediation should be viewed as an empowering process for those involved in a dispute.”
The Committee received 16 submissions on the Heads of the Mediation Bill and held public hearings on the 9th and 23rd of May to examine in further detail some of the main points raised.
Among the report’s key observations are:
Deputy Stanton concluded: “This is the sixth time that the Committee has undertaken a similar process of conducting hearings into the Heads of a Bill and in each case we have had a very positive response from stakeholders, interested parties and the public. I would like to express my thanks to all those who took part in this process and all the points raised in your submissions have been noted. I look forward to the publication of the Bill and further engagement with the Minister as the Bill progresses through the Houses. I would also like to thank the Members of the Joint Committee for their participation and hope that this process will result in legislation that is progressive and which has the desired effect.”
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Dara Calleary, Michael Creed, Alan Farrell, Anne Ferris (Vice-Chairman), john Paul Phelan, Seán Kenny, Finian McGrath, Jonathan O’Brien and David Stanton (Chairman)
Ivana Bacik, Paul Bradford, Martin Conway, Rónán Mullen, Denis O’Donovan, Katherine Zappone.