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Oireachtas Passes Mediation Bill

Date:27.09.2017

Legislation to promote mediation as an alternative to court proceedings was approved at the final stage by the Oireachtas last night.

Commenting on the enactment of the Bill, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD said, “I am delighted that the Mediation Bill has been passed. I'd like to acknowledge the work of my predecessors in this area of policy. This legislation seeks to promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient alternative to court proceedings, thereby reducing legal costs, speeding up the resolution of disputes and relieving the stress and acrimony that often accompanies court proceedings.”

The Minister added, “I believe that enactment of this Bill will have an enormous beneficial effect in terms of promoting the use of mediation as an alternative to court proceedings. The Bill has been welcomed by the mediation sector and I thank them for their input.”

Ballymun Community Law Centre broadly welcomes yesterday's enactment of the Mediation Bill. This will play a vital role in promoting mediation as a viable alternative to court proceedings, thereby reducing legal costs, speeding up the resolution of disputes and relieving the stress and worry which often accompanies court proceedings.

Ballymun Community Law Centre provides a voluntary mediation service to parties engaged in a dispute seeking support from impartial professional voluntary mediators. The majority of our mediation clients have not proceeded with a legal procedure and therefore the Mediation Bill does not speak to the majority of our cases as they have not instigated legal proceedings.

Further Reading

Mediation Bill Passed to Oireachtas
Mediation Awareness Week 2017
Lunchtime Law Talk - Family Mediation