Latest News: Justice News Live, Court Annexed Mediation, ADR Dialogue, more brutal evictions, Training and other matters

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

1. COURT ANNEXED MEDIATION

Please note that the date for sending back commentary on published accreditation standards and Standards and norms is 28 August 2014. If you have not seen the gazetted notice and would like it sent to you, please email training@adr-networksa.co.za with “Copy of Gazette Notice” in the headerPlease note our Cape Town Five Day Program proceeds next week and on the Thursday we will cover court annexed mediation and developments to date. All panellists are welcome.Past trainees, as you know may attend all further workshops at cost of catering

 

 

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

 

We have a limited amount of places on our distance learning program still available 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

3. ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROVINCIAL SUBSTRUCTURESThe Cape Town Provincial Substructure meeting will happen directly after next Thursday’s workshop

 

For an invite please send a mail to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “ATJ Cape Town Provincial Substructure” in the header

 

4. ACCESS TO JUSTICE GOLF DAY

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

 

 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 sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Golf Day” in the header

5. FIVE DAY PROGRAMS

Please NOTE: The Cape Town program runs next week. If you still wish to attend contact us urgently on training@adr-networksa.co.za

 

Remember that past trainees just pay cost of catering (normally R 220 per day) and panellists attend Thursday (ie Court Annexed Mediation) at no charge

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

6. JUSTICE NEWS 

 

Our Online News Postal, Justice News is 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. Also please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za to query advertising opportunities. Use the header “Advertising”

7. PANEL

If you wish to join the panel of ADR Network SA or as a service 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 headersPanellists enjoy ongoing attendance at training times and newtworking functions either at no charge or preferential rates

 

8. S v Sangweni ADR Dialogue

The ADR Diversion Dialogue in the matter of S V Sangweni proceeded this week. The mediation panel consisted of myself, Sheena Jonker, Brandon Abdinor, Hilton Green, Sipho Mdlala and for part of the time, Jay Gangat. The dialogue adjourned yesterday to enable us to complete an interim Mediation Summary for purposes of report back to court next week. Legal Counsel will ask for charges to be withdrawn and whether they are or not, the ADR Dialogue will continue as some significant issues have emerged during the storytelling process and as the week progressed individuals and those representing organizations such as the Department of Labour and Local ABM Warrooms became increasingly aware of the power of the process.

It was also amazing to see the value of the public narrative and how healing and powerful the story telling process is. This in itself mobilizes hope

 

9. Lwandle Ministerial Inquiry

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

10. More Evictions  

This week alone I was consulted on the threatened eviction of hundreds of families in KZN and this morning I have already been consulted on the demolution of 600 shacks as of an hour ago in Cape Town. I am waiting on further information and will be dealing with this further in Cape Town next week.

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

Please send your thoughts.

As always,

Peace

Sheena Jonker

0843773340/0614915314

sheena@mediatorsa.co.za

Court Annexed Mediation Update and news on other matters

Update on Court Annexed Mediation and other Matters

 

  • Court Annexed Mediation

 

 

As advised previously, the start date of the pilot project on court-annexed mediation has been postponed to 1 December 2014.

On 1 August the Minister of Justice published draft accreditation standards and norms and standards for mediators. This contains a call for comment by interested parties which should be in by 28 August 2014. You are encouraged to take a look and send in your comments. This is what healthy, functioning constitutional democracy looks like. If you would like a copy of the notice emailed to you, please get hold of me at sheena@adr-networksa.co.za with “Gazetted Notice” in the subject line

 

  • S v Sangweni

 

 

The ADR Process takes place on 18-22 August in Kwamashu. Mediation caucus meetings are under way this week. Updates will follow

 

  • Maths and Science Forum Ministerial task team

 

 

Last week I chaired a dialogue lead by Mazibuye African Forum on the issue of the state of Maths and Science in schools. This is a highly emotive issue with kids from the representative majority being excluded from tertiary opportunity due to the lack of pure maths and science. Many of the role players recognize the opportunities to broden the dialogue and maximize its efficacy through ADR platforms and mediated contexts, hence our involvement. For us, Access to Education is also and Access to Justice issue and our highlighting of ADR Dialogue and Restorative Justice Peacemaking continues to gain ground and be recognized as a vital tool in burning issues across the country. If you feel you can add value to this dialogue and the work of this task team in any way, the intention is to make it as inclusive as possible, please may you get in touch with me at sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Maths and Science” in the subject line.

 

  • Access to Justice Golf Day 18 November 2014

 

 

As you know via Access to Justice we have mobilized legal and dispute resolution practitioners to provide legal and dispute resolution resource in matters of public interest, lobbying and activism. Not only does this accomplish access to justice for the poor, which is the primary intention, but it inadvertently advances everything we do in ADR, mediation and restorative justice. This is beneficial to absolutely everyone active in this arena. To this end, we invite you to help us make the first golf day a success. From raising money to highlighting what we do. If you play golf, it will be a phenomenal opportunity for you to be there and connect with others. Aside from that the advertising and sponsorship opportunity is a chance for you to highlight your own work in this. Please get in touch at sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Golf Day” in the subject line

 

 

 

 

  • JusticeNews.co

 

 

Our new aggregator in Justice News is an alternative news resource which is to lift up the work of writers in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Justice. There are advertising opportunities. Please get in touch at jay@accesstojustice.co.za with “Advertising” in the subject line.

 

  • Training

 

 

Five day workshops are coming up in Cape Town, PE, Jozi and Durbs. Please get in touch for registration packs.

Distance learning still carries a limited number of subsidies. Please get in touch at training@adr-networksa.co.za

 

  • Access to Justice Breakfasts

 

 

We had a wonderful time in Durban on Friday with lively vibrant discussion around matters of ADR and Access to Justice. Cape Town and Jozi Breakfasts will be coming up. All panellists registered with ADR Network SA become Dispute Resolution Service Providers to Access to Justice and these breakfasts are an opportunity to introduce your services, connect with others and generally fortify the fabric of those that are like-minded across SA. To be included, or to host a breakfast (which we will resource), please send an email to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Breakfasts” in the subject line.

 

As always

 

Peace

 

Sheena St. Clair Jonker

sheena@adr-networksa.co.za

sheena@accesstojustice.co.za

Mobile: 0614915314