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Here is an update on some of the latest developments in the world of ADR and Access to Justice:


I chatted to Jay Balkishun, State Law Advisor and member of the Rules Board, Department of Justice on Thursday. The start date for the pilot has been pushed out to 1 December 2014. The Minister has not yet published accreditation standards or fee structures. Workshops to ready our panellists will therefore be deferred until after such publication


This also gives us time to prepare current trainee mediators and new trainees


We have a limited amount of places on our distance learning program at a subsidized rate of R 3000. This is suitable for those who cannot take off 5 consecutive days. Contact time will be made up via webinars and attendance at half day seminars

For more information please email training@adr-networksa.co.za with “distance learning subsidy” in the header


Access to Justice Breakfasts will be held next Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.  There is space for twenty participants at each breakfast. There will be an inspiring presentation on the mandate of every human in SA as an agent for justice. Panellists and members of Access to Justice Provincial Substructures are also invited to bring their business cards, brochures and showcase their ADR services. There will be a Facebook/Instagram/Tweetfest at the time with the intention of starting to create a strong fabric of individuals across SA that are prepared to advance the Cause of Access to Justice Primarily through ADR, Mediation and Restorative Justice Peacemaking.

For an invite please send a mail to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “ATJ Breakfast” and your City in the header


Please diarise 18 November in Durban for the first annual Access to Justice Golf Day. If you are interested in entering, sponsoring a fourball, prizes or a green or tee, it will be great exposure for legal services or ADR and ancillary services. Please send an email to cads@accesstojustice.co.za with “Golf Day” in the header

Also if you are keen to help us host a golf day in any other centre, please get in touch similarly


For Upcoming dates or a proposal on in-house training, please send an email to training@adr-networksa.co.za with “Five Day Training” in the header


Next Friday, on the same day as the Access to Justice Breakfasts, our Online News Postal, Justice News goes live. This is an aggregator bringing together the work of dynamic bloggers and writers that write around legal, social, political and economic justice and creation care. In time you will be able to buy advertising space. To link your blog, or website, please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za  with “Justice News” in the header

  1. PANEL


If you wish to join the panel of ADR Network SA or as a servive provider to Access to Justice, please email panel@adr-networksa.co.za and legalservices@accesstojustice.co.za with “panel” and “service provider” in the respective headers



  1. S v Sangweni ADR Dialogue

As previously advised due to the work of Access to Justice legal and Dispute Resolution team made up of Brandon Abdinor, Khaya Tango and Krish Jairam, this matter has been diverted to mediation. The caucuses will be underway in the coming weeks, but the formal process will take place 18-22 August. If you wish to gain observer status, please email sheena@adr-networksa.co.za with “S v Sangweni Observer” in the header



  1. Lwandle Ministerial Inquiry

We will be making further submissions on diversion to ADR Restorative Justice Process and will keep you updated

Thanks for your attention, support and continued interest in our work.

Please send your thoughts.

As always,


Sheena Jonker