Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII) Welcomes Commencement of the Mediation Act

Commencement of the Act began on January 1st and provides a statutory framework for the delivery of mediation within the legal system

“2018 promises to be a significant year in the development and practice of mediation in Ireland as a result of the Mediation Act coming into force on January 1st last,” stated President of the MII Sabine Walsh, “The commencement of the Act is official recognition by the State of the contribution mediation will make to the improvement of dispute resolution systems in Ireland. The Act provides a statutory framework for delivery of mediation within the legal system. This framework will make the mediation process even more robust and reliable. As a result, parties involved in a dispute are more likely to opt for mediation before heading into court particularly as solicitors will now advise their clients to consider mediation.”

 “The Act will make mediation more available and deliver better resolutions, at a lower cost, to those who are involved in disputes,” said Ms. Walsh. “Parties who choose this process to resolve disputes have the benefit of engaging in a confidential process with the power to determine the best outcome for them. The Act also means that agreements achieved through mediation are now legally enforceable. Now that the Act is operational, the MII will be working throughout 2018 to promote understanding and access to mediation throughout Ireland.”

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* Please follow this link to download a copy of the Mediation Act 2017 https://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/acts/2017/a2717.pdf

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.

For further information see www.themii.ie or contact Stiofán Nutty at +353 87 6175488

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