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November 10 to 16 is mediation week.
It is a week designated by the Mediation
Board of Trinidad and Tobago for the pro-
motion of mediation as a reliable and
accessible conflict resolution mechanism.
The Mediation Board is a regulatory body
created by the Mediation Act No 8 of 2004.
Its main objectives under the act are to cer-
tify and to regulate mediators, mediation
trainers, mediation agencies and mediation
training programmes. As regulators they
consider it important that the public be
aware of the nature of the process of medi-
ation, its benefits and its various applications
which can have a huge impact in positively
transforming lives by peacefully resolving
The theme for this year s mediation week
is Building a Caring and Peaceful Nation
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a mediator facilitates
and encourages communication and negotiation
between the mediation parties, and seeks to assist the
mediation parties in arriving at a voluntary agreement.
Mediation is recognised globally as a highly successful
process to settle disputes quickly, cheaply, and with
the freedom to agree on enduring and creative solutions
for the disputes.
Mediation vs litigation
Mediation is recognised in most cases as far more
superior to having the dispute tried in the judicial
system. A trial takes months or years, while a mediation
can be conducted in a matter of a few hours. In a trial
the evidence is in the public domain, while mediation
is a more private and confidential process.
Preparing for a trial of course is costly, while mediation
is relatively cheap and inexpensive. Although parties
are advised to have their attorneys present, mediation
is not controlled by the lawyers. The mediators main
role is to guide the parties to a resolution. The cor-
nerstone of the mediation process is that it is voluntary
and parties determine their outcome.
Message from the Mediation Board
Our message is clear, "Mediate Trinidad and Tobago
which is steeped in crime, violence, and hostility man-
ifested in every strata of society and has seen over the
years a systematic breakdown in social structures and
institutions which traditionally schooled our young
people on the basic values of love, respect and under-
"The time is now to make mediation available and
accessible as the certified mediator can assist our
citizens to reacquaint themselves to core human values
and empower them to retake their lives, take control
of their future, map out realistic and sensible road
maps towards peaceful co-existence with our neighbour,
our spouse, our children, our church, our employer,
our business partner. The potential is endless.
"The Mediation Board acknowledges that mediation
is not a panacea for all disputes, but the certified medi-
ator promotes dialogue, open communication and
sharing of information which more often than not
leads to a better appreciation of the other disputant.
"Talk it out. We need now more than ever to integrate
mediation in our daily lives to create a more caring
and peaceful society."
Week of activities
• For disputes in the schools, with peer violence---
seminar on peer mediation tomorrow (November 11)
at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business,
Max Richards Drive, Uriah Butler Highway, North
West, Mt Hope.
• For disputes in the commercial world---Mediate
First Pledge (a pledge taken by companies and com-
mercial entities to mediate first before litigating) breakfast
meeting on Wednesday (November 13) at the Petrotrin
Staff Club, Pointe-a-Pierre.
• On Wednesday (November 13)---afternoon session
with lawyers titled Mediation Advocacy: Reframing
our Roles. At the Convocation Hall, Hall of Justice,
Knox Street, Port-of-Spain. They will be focusing on
the new role of the advocate lawyer, not as an adversary
but a friend of the process and a problem solver for
• At the 4th Annual Mediation Symposium on
Thursday (November 14) and Friday (November 15) at
the Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port-of-Spain,
they will cover commercial mediation, victim offender
mediation, family and labour.
The Honourable Justice Vasheist Kokaram, chair-
man, Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago, on
the occasion of the launch of 3rd Annual Mediation
Week last Thursday.
Justice Kokaram: Talk it out
...We need mediation for a more caring, peaceful society
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