IMPACT Justice Extends Community Mediation Training to Resident Magistrates in Jamaica

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The Canadian Government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) sponsored the training of forty-five Resident Magistrates in mediation. The training, which falls under IMPACT Justice’s broader Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Programme, was conducted in association with the Supreme Court of Jamaica.

The training was held at Meliá Braco Village, Trelawny in two parts: from January 29– 31, 2016, and April 8 – 10, 2016.

During the first session, Hon. Mrs. Justice Jennifer Shaw delivered the Welcome and Opening Remarks on behalf of Hon. Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla, O.J., Chief Justice of Jamaica and Prof. Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of IMPACT Justice delivered remarks on behalf of IMPACT Justice. She provided an overview of the project and its components, and made special mention of the relationship IMPACT Justice enjoys with Jamaica.

The training was conducted by the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica and the topics covered included Core Values of Effective Conflict Resolution; Mediation: Seven Stage Model; Mediation and the Law; Introduction to Critiquer Sheets; Problem Determination; Values and Stereotyping and Mediation Values.


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