25 Oct 2017
Civil Justice Council ADR Working Group call for Consultations
On 17th October, the Civil Justice Council’s ADR Working Group published a comprehensive interim report on the existing and potential role of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) in civil justice in England and Wales. The report can be accessed here.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating the modernisation of the civil justice system. The Working Group, formed in January 2016, is tasked with: reviewing current forms of encouragement for mediation, considering alternative means by which to encourage the use of mediation, assessing proposals for reforms to rules or initiatives and monitoring and contributing to the review of the EU Mediation Directive.
In assessment of the current state of ADR in the civil justice system, the report concludes that despite its undoubted success, that success has “been extremely patchy”. It notes the widespread support for the proliferation of ADR, citing the then Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke who said in 2008:
“[ADR] must become an integral part of our litigation culture. It must become such a well-established part of it that when considering the proper management of litigation it forms an intrinsic part of our lexicon”.
The Civil Justice Council is calling on written submission on the findings and recommendations of the report in advance of a seminar whereby a final report will be formulated and submitted to the Government for consideration.
The deadline for written submission is Friday 15 December 2017 and should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org.