21 July 2003
CEDR Solve exports mediation to Slovakia
Following a fifteen month project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), London, CEDR Solve has successfully introduced mediation into the Slovak judicial system.
With a lengthy backlog of both criminal and civil proceedings and no effective out-of-court dispute resolution procedures, the Slovak Government sought assistance on establishing mechanisms to permit equitable access to justice for all parts of the population, a key part of Slovakia’s accession to Europe programme.
With the project now complete, legislation on mediation practice is scheduled to be on the Slovak statute books within the year.
The project also created a solid foundation for the future development of mediation in Slovakia. This included:
- the establishment of a growing body of trained mediators who will now take forward training and practice standards and ethical guidelines
- the creation of a body to drive the future development of mediation in Slovakia
- the training of judges, lawyers and business people
- a number of seminars and media events to build public confidence in the new system.
Commenting on the project, Karl Mackie, CEDR Chief Executive said: “a key challenge for our consultants was not just to export our mediation procedures. Cultural differences demand a system design that allows the fundamentals of mediation to be adapted for integration into the local culture and business practices. This flexibility, which is an inherent element of mediation, is also proving successful in Russia where CEDR Solve is assisting the Government to establish an extra judicial dispute resolution system for social welfare claims.”
Pilot mediation schemes will now be conducted in Bratislava, and two other major cities in Slovakia, Kosice and Banska Bystrica. An EU funded project will continue to develop mediation in the Slovak justice system.Ends
Notes to editors
CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) is the leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation and its mission is to encourage and develop cost effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system. CEDR Mediator Accreditation is recognised as an international standard.
CEDR Solve, the UK's leading commercial mediation provider, is CEDR's dispute resolution and prevention service and has managed over 5,000 mediation referrals covering every industry sector and a wide-ranging cross section of disputes and case values. Types of dispute mediated include construction, insurance and reinsurance, medical negligence and personal injury, professional negligence, defamation and employment. Case studies are available on CEDR Solve's website - www.cedr-solve.com.
In addition to managing mediation and other dispute resolution processes including adjudication, early neutral evaluation and expert determination, CEDR Solve provides a range of consultancy services and training solutions for business people and professionals.
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