The Rules for Court Annexed Mediation
The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has published amendments to the Magistrate’s Court Rules which will see voluntary court annexed mediation being brought into some of South Africa’s lower Courts on a pilot basis.
Though welcoming this development, DiSAC has expressed some serious concerns about these Rules. DiSAC’s comments are set out below, only some of which have been addressed in the final Rules.
Also see DiSAC’s press release on the subject:
Accreditation Standards for Court Annexed Mediators
The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has published a set of accreditation standards for mediators wanting to work within the Court annexed mediation scheme.
In 2012 DiSAC had published a discussion document on the subject, with a view to assisting development of these standards.
Many of DiSAC’s recommendation seem to have been disregarded. In further comments addressed to the Department, DiSAC has expressed serious concerns about a number of issues regarding the accreditation of court annexed mediators, and the fact that the scheme is being implemented without any indication as to how practice standards will be implemented and monitored.