The Department of Justice recently gazetted Court Annexed Mediation Rules. This project is due to pilot at several Civil Courts Across the Country on 1 August 2014.
On the 17 May, Brandon Abdinor, Sheena Jonker and Advocate Khaya Tango attended the Department of Justice Consultative Workshop on the Court Annexed Mediation due to pilot on 1 August this year at various civil courts around the country.
The Pilot Project will be rolled out at the following Courts:
Gauteng: Johannesburg, Albertina Sisulu, Cambridge, Alberton, Ekhurleni, Mogale City
Eastern Cape: King Williams Town, East London, Umtata, Port Elizabeth
Free State: Bloemfontein, Bethlehem
KZN: Durban Central, Verulam, Ntuzuma, Pietermaritzburg
Western Cape: Cape Town, George, Wynberg, Kayalitsha
As this is a pilot project, all mediation houses represented on Saturday, including ADR Network SA are working in consultation with the DOJ advisory committee to set up accreditation standards and best practice for mediators suited to this project.
There is strong consensus that the project will draw from mediators already trained and also those with prior experience. However, as a pilot project, it is a work in progress and the various houses will have to transfer insight into the Court Annexed Rules and processes with their trained mediators.
The Minister of Justice is about to publish a set of accreditation standards and fee structures
We will give our registered trainees and trained mediators ongoing feedback and will work to prepare them for accreditation on this project as the parameters are unveiled.
We are currently working on finalizing our list of mediators that we propose will be made available to this project. We will conduct a one day workshop in each centre with mediators that we identify for this project in order to familiarize them with the rules as well as internal and external codes of conduct and norms and standards.
for more information or a copy of the DOJ published rules please email firstname.lastname@example.org