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Making Justice and Dispute Resolution Accessible to all

Alternative methods in Dispute Resolution are potentially better platforms for Access to Justice. We teach, develop, promote and practice non-adversarial and non-exclusionary methods of dispute resolution, less encumbered by over-regulation and the complex and artificial rules of litigation that have high potential to damage and, in some cases, destroy lives.

Mediation and Arbitration taught and practised through the lens of Restorative Justice can get us closer to a peace that arises out of the work of true justice.

Access To justice

Access to Justice is a Jurisprudential Principal that underpins the notion that all should have access to justice regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, ability or economic prowess or lack thereof. We have established the Access to Justice foundation to enable activism and advocacy in the world of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peacemaking.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution methods are used to resolve and settle disputes without resorting to more adversarial, costly and cumbersome methods such as litigation. Negotiation, Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration are all ADR methods.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is an approach to the work of justice that seeks to make things right again. Punitive Justice seeks to find who committed a wrong and then figure out how to punish them. Restorative justice seeks to identify the harm, engage with all those affected and establish an approach that will bring about restoration for all involved including those who have harmed and those who have been harmed.

Balancing the warrior and the healer

  Earlier this week I wrote about the EFF call to action and insuring protests in the wake of the racist hair advert published by Clicks and its partners. In order to get to true peace where justice is present, it may be necessary to disturb the peace or the...

A case for mediation in divorce

  I THOUGHT WE SHOULD TALK A case for mediation in divorce By Sheena Jonker ‘I charge 950 dollars an hour. Ted over there will be assisting in your divorce. He charges 400 dollars an hour. You got stupid questions, you call Ted’ From Marriage Story I had been...

Restorative Justice, State Capture and Corruption

  Are we having the right conversation? Are we thinking about this in the right way? Remedial work requires right thinking, right seeing, right speaking and right action. In mediating conflict I often find myself saying to parties ‘are you seeing this in the...

The Mediation Space and the Mediation Stance

  Introduction I’m going to be spending a little time talking about the space within which we mediate and the stance, or the inner posture that the mediator brings with them. The Mediation Space Although Mediation is presented as an alternative to law and...

Grappling with what it means to be human (for mediators)

As mediators we need to grapple and tussle with what it means to be human. This means wrestling with fear, courage or lack of courage and ongoing self-interrogation. Dr Cornel West, in his lecture, ‘What it Means to be Human’[i] references Plato’s ‘Apology’: the...


As expected, we are starting to experience an influx of lockdown-related disputes. Here are some of the areas in which we are starting to apply mediated approaches: Renegotiating the terms of commercial agreements like commercial leases as well as various service...

Mediation & Arbitration

Non-adversarial, restorative problem solving, dispute resolution and pursuit of justice.

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How can you help?

If you wish to volunteer professional services or contribute funds towards this project, please contact Sheena Jonker sheena@accesstojustice.co.za or Tracey Lomax tracey@accesstojustice.co.za

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