IMPACT Justice trains 24 persons in Advanced Community Mediation

Graduates of IMPACT pact Justice Mediation training programme

(BRIDGETOWN, November 26, 2018) The Canadian-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project sponsored an Advanced Community Mediation Workshop at the Regional Headquarters Building of the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus, Jamaica on November 15-17, 2018, under its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) component.

The twenty-four participants comprised persons who had been trained by IMPACT Justice in basic Community Mediation and had demonstrated an aptitude and interest in being trained at the more advanced level. The diverse group of participants came from seven Caribbean countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and St. Kitts & Nevis, and included academics, attorneys-at-law, clergymen, police officers, probation officers and social workers.

Topics covered during the three-day workshop included gender and diversity issues, techniques in the settlement of family and property disputes, fees and pro bono services and the establishment of community mediation committees and service points. Participants engaged in role plays with fact patterns mirroring many of the issues they would face in practice.

Since 2015, IMPACT Justice has trained 599 persons (370 females and 229 males) from across 10 CARICOM Member States in basic mediation, and has already assisted with the establishment of interim Mediation Committees in Dominica and Grenada. As the project moves forward, it is hoped that those trained will be pivotal in the establishment of community mediation service points and networks in their respective countries.

The Project’s Model CARICOM Community Mediation Bill provides a template for CARICOM countries seeking to develop community mediation frameworks in order to improve their citizens’ access to justice and reduce court backlogs.

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3 Comments

  1. viewsexpressed
    November 27, 2018

    “IMPACT Justice trains 24 persons in Advanced Community Mediation”. and “The twenty-four participants comprised persons who had been trained” This sickens me whenever I read such statement with the abuse of the word Persons. Who are these persons? Are they professionals, specialised people that we can refer to? Who are these “Persons”
    Let1s try this
    1. ” IMPACT Justice trains 24 Participants in Advanced Community Mediation” and
    2) “The twenty-four “Participants comprised those who had been trained” and Not: “The twenty-four participants comprised “persons” who had been trained” You have already identified these people as “participants”, what is the purpose of “Persons” again….come on people. Only if you mentioned the occupation of these participants, but not people”. Come intellectuals. . Even on radio and TV I am hearing callers and professionals staring sentences with: “Persons are invited to…..” or Persons are reminded to…..” or “Persons, please…

  2. Willhug
    November 27, 2018

    Congratulations everyone. This programme is actually a good one. I did it a few years back and I’ve always thought it should be carried into the schools and other community-based orgs.

  3. ATKINSON
    November 27, 2018

    Another crazy leftist plan/program, instead of they using the money to hire more police, doctors, and nurses, that the kind of crap we getting

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