Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII) Hails Publication of the Mediation Bill but Identifies Challenges in Implementation


Some proposals in the Bill could impinge on the ability of the mediator to operate as effectively as possible


Monday,13th February 2017: “We welcome today’s publication of the Mediation Bill* and we are generally happy with it,” stated President of the MII Sabine Walsh,

“However, we do see challenges with a number of proposals in the Bill, particularly those that could impact on the ability of the mediator to operate as effectively as possible.”

“The MII has long campaigned for this Bill, which will make mediation more available and deliver better resolutions, at a lower cost, to those who are involved in disputes,” said Ms. Walsh. “This is a good news day as enactment of the Bill has the potential to divert many civil and commercial disputes from our courts and deliver major savings to individuals and the public purse. ** The MII now looks forward to working with the government and opposition parties to fine tune the Bill, ensure its effectiveness and expedite its passage through both houses of the Oireachtas.”


* Please follow this link to download a copy of the Mediation Bill

**Potential Cost Savings associated with enactment of the Mediation Bill The MII estimates that legal costs in relation to civil cases in 2011 are estimated to have been €1.17 billion – a huge figure considering our current financial situation. This figure is calculated from figures contained in the 2011 Court’s Services Annual Report. The formula takes costs claimed by the winning party, multiplies this by two to get the costs for both sides of the case and then takes account of the fact that 90 per cent of civil cases are settled before Court. The MII has estimated that litigation costs relating to civil cases in 2010 was €1.3 billion and in 2009 it was €1.2 billion.

About The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland

The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is the professional association for Mediators in Ireland. It is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of education, training, professional practice and regulation. The Mediators' Institute of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and registered in Dublin, Ireland. Its registration number is 418250. Registered Office: Unit 2.1, The Distillers Building, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland. Registered Charity: CHY16996.

About Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary process of conflict prevention and resolution that allows the parties an opportunity to address their issues in a confidential, private, and safe environment. Mediators are trained in conflict resolution skills and techniques and have the expertise needed to give people the best possible opportunity to resolve their disputes. Mediation is effective: In single-issue and multi-issue disputes In two-people and multi-party conflicts In developing innovative and sustainable solutions when parties are willing but stuck As a preventative intervention early in a conflict As an alternative to avoid further costly public litigation The mediation process improves communication, narrows outstanding issues, defuses emotions and defines areas of agreement. Statistics show a success rate for mediation averaging 80 per cent.

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