IMPACT Justice Growing Pool of Community Mediators in Barbados

In a bid to increase the local cadre of community mediators in Barbados, the Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project is hosting a second course on Community Mediation from August 17.

Regional Project Director, Professor Velma Newton, said that the range of professionals in the second training cohort includes probation officers, faith ministers, social workers, justices of the peace, labour officers and others who are required to solve conflicts as part of their jobs.

Regional Project Director, Professor Velma Newton, said that the range of professionals in the second training cohort includes probation officers, faith ministers, social workers, justices of the peace, labour officers and others who are required to solve conflicts as part of their jobs.

Newton also highlighted the thrust behind the five-day community mediation training programme.

As a Project, our ultimate aim is enhancing access to justice. By promoting mediation as an alternative for resolving disputes and by increasing the pool of individuals who can assist in resolving disputes at the community level we are helping to provide greater opportunities for Barbadians to access dispute resolution options outside of the court system. The objective is to decrease the number of new cases being filed in the courts. There is evidence worldwide which shows the impact that mediation has on reducing the case load of the court system.”

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