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The law on Mediation in Ireland

Mediation Advocacy & Mediation Bill 2012

By Mediate Ireland & Dept. of Justice, Equality & Law Reform

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defense Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D. announced that he had secured Government approval for the general scheme of a Mediation Bill which was published Thursday 1 March, 2012.

The Minister said “The general objective of the Bill is 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 involved in court proceedings. I am anxious to ensure that individuals and companies engaged in a dispute to regard resolution of their dispute through mediation as preferable to court litigation. The Bill seeks to integrate mediation into the civil & commercial justice system as a mainstream alternative to court proceedings.”

Mediation Bill 2013 - IRELAND (Source - Peninsula Employment Law & Health & Safety Specialists Ireland) Source Title

Following on from the Law Reform Commission’s 2010 “Report on Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Conciliation” it has been decided that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods should be introduced to the area of employment disputes as well as personal injury, contractual disputes and any other dispute that would normally end up in the court, equality tribunal setting. The Mediation Bill is therefore tasked with integrating mediation into the existing tribunal dispute system and it is expected to be introduced officially in late 2013.


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