Report on hearings into the Scheme of the Medition Bill
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality published their Report on hearings into the Scheme of the Medition Bill on 21 June 2012 last. The report makes various suggestions to the legislature in Ireland based upon public hearings conducted with the main mediation service providers within the state.
One of the key targets of the report was the issue of raising awareness of mediation. The legislation aims to encourage the use of mediation as an alternative to contested legal disputes. The question arises as to whether or not a statutory duty should be placed upon prospective litigants to attend one mediation session prior to seeking the issue of proceedings.
Issues Such As:
The Regualtion of Mediators
Codes of Conduct
A national Register for Mediators
and Ireland as an international hub for mediation
were also discussed in the report.
The report also encompassed the submissions made by the various interested organisations including Family Mediation Ireland.