New report on Alternative Dispute Resolution

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A working group of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has published a report making recommendations for Alternative Dispute Resolution – ways of resolving certain disputes that don’t involve going to court.

The Master of the Rolls, as Chairman of the CJC, Sir Terence Etherton, said: “The working group is to be commended on producing an impressive report that proposes a number of reforms to the current system.

“The group’s recommendations include the use of a judicial-ADR liaison committee, increased public awareness of ADR, peer mediation in schools, increased law faculty and professional training and a new website to act as a single umbrella source for information about ADR.

“Work has already commenced on the creation of the judicial-ADR liaison committee, which will play an important oversight role in the area. The committee will report to me, as the Chair of the CJC and head of Civil Justice in England and Wales.

“The CJC fully endorsed the report at its last meeting, and we are very grateful to William Wood QC, the CJC member who chaired and led the group, and to the other members for the expertise they have brought to this fast-moving topic.”

The group’s chair, William Wood QC said: “These are not problems with single or simple answers. I am indebted to the working group for the time and effort that has gone into this report.

“We have done our best to set out what seem to us the most promising options for the future. We are particularly pleased that our proposal for continuing liaison between judges and ADR professionals is already being acted upon by the Master of the Rolls.”

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