6 March 2003
CEDR Solve to administer Court of Appeal's relaunched mediation scheme
The Court of Appeal has appointed CEDR Solve, the UK's leading commercial mediation provider, to administer the relaunched Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme (CAMS).
The scheme has been restructured to work as effectively and efficiently as possible within the increasingly sophisticated effective dispute resolution environment, and the rising demand for mediation services following the Court of Appeal's decision in Dunnett v Railtrack 2 All ER 850.
CEDR Solve will provide case management services in liaison with the Civil Appeals Office. The scheme remains voluntary and a mediation will only proceed if all parties agree. Judicial encouragement will still apply in specific cases. CEDR Solve will offer parties the choice of three mediators from the Court-controlled mediator panel, which is also being reviewed to ensure that it comprises senior mediation practitioners with current experience to mediate both family and non-family appeals.
Fees for mediation and case management will now be paid for by those using the scheme but where a party cannot afford the fees, the service will continue to be provided pro bono.
Welcoming the relaunch of the Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme, the Master of the Rolls, the Right Honourable Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers stated, "An effective mediation scheme is an essential adjunct to the Court's principal work. I very much welcome the relaunching of the Court's scheme with the active support of CEDR Solve. I believe that in its new form it will provide a real benefit to the increasing number of appellants who sensibly seek a consensual resolution to their litigation."
Dr. Karl Mackie, the Chief Executive of CEDR, stated, "With our dedicated team of dispute resolution advisers and our commitment to quality of service, I have no doubt that CEDR Solve will provide the necessary administrative support found to be important in Professor Hazel Genn's research,* to ensure maximum take-up of the scheme."
*Professor Hazel Genn's research, 'Court based ADR-initiatives for non-family civil disputes: the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal' is available on the LCD website.
Notes to Editors
CEDR Solve will begin administration of the Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme on Monday 10 March 2003.
Court of Appeal mediation scheme background
The original Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme was initiated in 1996 by the Court of Appeal on a voluntary basis as to mediators and free for parties. It mirrored appeal court mediation schemes particularly in US Federal Courts. Since that time the ADR field has moved on considerably in England & Wales, and mediation in particular has become a significant feature of the civil justice system, both in family and non-family civil and commercial cases, especially since the Civil Procedure Rules and the pre-action protocols were introduced. The Courts have themselves reminded parties of the centrality of ADR to civil justice, and of the possibility of costs sanctions for those who fail to engage in mediation in appropriate cases.
CEDR (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 6,000 mediation referrals covering every industry sector and a wide-ranging cross section of disputes and case values. In addition to managing a number of mediation schemes and dispute resolution processes including mediation, adjudication, early neutral evaluation and expert determination, CEDR Solve provides a range of consultancy services and training solutions for business people and professionals.
CEDR Solve is an integral part of CEDR's mission to develop and lead the field of mediation. CEDR Solve mediators are committed to supporting the developmental and thought leadership work of CEDR and income generated is reinvested in further enhancing services and in CEDR's developmental work.
For further information regarding court and government usage of mediation please contact:
Lord Chancellor.s Department Press Office
Telephone: 020 7210 8512