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Mediation ‘The Best Way Forward’ Says High Court Judge

Mediation ‘The Best Way Forward’ Says High Court Judge
Court of Appeal, Justice Suresh Chandra was the chief guest at the Fiji Mediation Centre Awareness consultation at Nadi Civic Centre on 31 August 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
September 01
11:12 2018

High Court judge Justice Suresh Chandra says mediation is the best way forward to resolve disputes.

He made the comments while speaking at the awareness strengthening consultation west and mediation open day at the Nadi Civic Centre last night.

“Some disputes were resolved within less than an hour and when it’s done the clients are happy,” Justice Chandra added.

“We are fortunate that the judiciary in Fiji has taken this on board and rather than going to court, people should try out mediation.”

The consultation was organised by the Fiji Mediation Centre and attended by business stakeholders in the Western Division.

“Mediation should become a valuable source of solving disputes and the decision is made by the two parties. This is a forum where people get to talk and lawyers are encouraged to be part of this process,” Justice Chandra said.

He added that it was a simple process where people could raise their issues and had been used in resolving disputes for international matters.

“The arbitration process is the most common process. It’s not very effective and sometimes it’s costly, but mediation it takes a shorter period to resolve issues and also at a cheaper cost,” Justice Chandra said.

Consultation chair Jenny Seeto said they settled issues such as family disputes and property settlement.

“In mediation we seek to achieve a win–win situation solution for both parties. In court cases have been there for five to six years, it keeps on getting adjourned but for mediation matters will resolve within a week,” added.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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