Mediation – an alternative way of dispute resolution

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:15

Mediation as a way to resolve disputes without the need to go to court will be in focus of a discussion tomorrow, 31 March 2016, 11:00, Tbilisi Marriott Hotel (13 Rustaveli Ave., Tbilisi).
The discussion will bring together mediators, judges, lawyers, Members of Parliament and international experts to review the achievements and challenges of mediation in Georgia in recent years and agree about potential amendments to the legislation.
Nino Gvenetadze, Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia, will open the conference.
Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, and Peter Danis, Programme Manager of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, will address the participants.    
The discussion is organized by the Georgian associations of mediators with assistance from the European Union, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the UN Joint Programme “Enhancing Access to Justice and Development of a Child-Friendly Justice System in Georgia”.  

Additional information:
Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes without the need to go to court. It involves an independent third party – a mediator – who helps both sides come to an agreement. Mediation is a flexible process that can be used to settle disputes in a whole range of situations such as consumer disputes.
The Georgian legislation regulates a court-annexed mediation (Chapter XXI1 of the Civil Procedure Code) leaving private mediation out of the legal framework. The regulations on mediation do not specify the requirements for mediators, ethics standards and mechanisms for the enforcement of decisions.
The associations of mediators are working with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Parliament of Georgia and international organizations to amend the legislation and introduce a new law on mediation.

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