Mediation in the supreme and county courts of Victoria

Sourdin, Tania (2009) Mediation in the supreme and county courts of Victoria Victoria: Department of Justice, Victoria

Author Sourdin, Tania
Title of report Mediation in the supreme and county courts of Victoria
Parent publication Department of Justice, Victoria, Australia
Publication date 2009
ISBN 978-0-646-49784-6
Publisher Department of Justice, Victoria
Place of publication Victoria
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subjects 18 Law and Legal Studies
1801 Law
180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
Abstract/Summary The aim of this research project was to assess the use and effectiveness of mediation disputes filed in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria, Australia. The report assesses the use and effectiveness of mediation in the Supreme and County Courts. In summary, the report found that mostly mediation meets identified objectives. Many disputants and representatives were supportive of mediation processes and felt that the outcomes were mutually beneficial. The report found that there are significant estimated costs savings for disputants where mediation processes are utilised. Professor Sourdin identified specific areas for improvement, including: improving the quality of mediation processes by supporting excellence in mediation standards; the need for training and accreditation of mediators; the need in appropriate cases for earlier and more targeted referral to mediation by the courts; identifying and addressing the needs of special groups including self-represented litigants and disputants from regional Victoria; addressing the lack of demographic data on dispute resolution processes; and the development of a quality framework to be implemented to enhance the quality of mediation services.
Keyword Accreditation
Alternative dispute resolution
Court based mediation
Empirical research
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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