ECSC hosts community sessions on mediation

The sessions will discuss the benefits of mediation and the types of cases that can be mediated.

In keeping with the 50th anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), the Registry of the Supreme Court in Saint Lucia is embarking on an islandwide sensitization and awareness campaign on the use of mediation as a means of alternate dispute resolution.

The awareness campaign will be held under the theme “Let Us Mediate to Resolve Our Dispute.”

Mediation is a structured dispute resolution process where an impartial third party, the mediator, meets with disputants in an effort to identify the issues, explore options and clarify goals, outside of a court environment. The ECSC’s mediation campaign is prudent considering the number of civil and criminal cases filed in every year.

An invitation is therefore being extended to the public to attend community sessions on mediation. The sessions will discuss the benefits of mediation, and will allow community members the opportunity to gain insight into which cases could be mediated, and how one can request to have his/her case mediated.

The mediation sessions will be held in Anse La Raye at the Parish Hall on May 18 at 5:30 p.m.; in Dennery at the Clendon Mason Secondary School on May 22 at 5 p.m; in Babonneau at the Human Resource Centre in Garrand on May 23 at 5 p.m.; in Marchand at the Social Transformation Building on May 24 at 6 p.m.; in Monchy at the Human Resource Development Center on May 24 at 6 p.m.; and in Castries at the St. Aloysius R.C. Boys Primary School on May 31 at 5 p.m.

The ECSC urges the public to come out in large numbers as the sensitization drive will educate persons about alternative dispute resolution processes, its comparatively low-cost, and low-stress option to that of litigation.

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