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*ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) AND MEDIATION IN GUYANA

"A dispute is a problem to be solved, together, rather than a combat to be won."
Woodrow Wilson

Introduction

The goal of Mediation is to resolve legal matters quickly, efficiently and cost effectively as possible. While recognising that litigation is essential for resolving some differences, mediation offers many potential benefits, including time and monetary savings, greater flexibility, control and opportunity to preserve rather than destroy relationships, the chance to craft solutions not available in the court, greater confidentiality and quicker closure of disputes.

What is ADR?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a term used to describe a number of options outside the traditional litigation process in Courts. ADR includes Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, Adjudication, Settlement Conference, Facilitation and Conflict Resolution.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is one of the Alternative Dispute Resolution options that takes into account the interests and needs of the parties.

It is a process in which parties to a dispute appoint a mediator and actively participate in good faith in the mediation process in order to arrive at a consensual resolution of the matters between them.

Who is a Mediator?

A Mediator is a person who has received training in the mediation process.

A Mediator is a person who acts as an independent neutral third party and is selected by the parties to a dispute to facilitate and assist them in attempting to reach a voluntary settlement of the disputes.

The Mediator does not to provide legal advice or representation and does not make any decisions. Instead, the Mediator works with the parties to assist them to find a solution, satisfactory to them, to the dispute between them. The parties control the outcome. The parties are encouraged to seek independent legal advice, and where a voluntary settlement is achieved, it only becomes binding when the parties sign a settlement agreement.

There are many Mediators in Guyana. They include Attorneys-at-Law, Accountants, Probation Officers, Social Workers, Sworn Land Surveyors, Medical Practitioner, Engineers and Sociologists. There are also Mediation Trainers.  

Mediation in Guyana

C. Singh, Chancellor (ag) was the Chairperson of the ADR Committee and the principal person responsible for the introduction of Mediation in Guyana in 2003.

Other stakeholders including members of the Judiciary, the Guyana Bar Association and members of the legal profession have been involved to champion the cause of Mediation. Of course without the financial and other technical assistance from the Carter Center and USAID, Mediation in Guyana would not have been possible.

Mediation Centre

A Mediation Centre has been established within the compound of the High Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Georgetown, Guyana and it is headed by the Mediation Director Mr. Colin Chichester.

According to statistics provided by the Mediation Centre, for the period 1 October 2003 to 31 December 2015, a total of 721 court cases were referred to the Mediation Centre. A total of 188 mediations were successfully completed with an agreement.

The number of Court matters referred to Mediation yearly are as follows:

2004 - 175

2005 - 120

2006 - 65

2007 - 72

2008 - 46

2009 - 31

2010 - 37

2011 - 42

2012 - 37

2013 - 28

2014 - 35

2015 - 31

 

Voluntary or Mandatory?

Mediation was introduced as a voluntary process in Guyana. Since February 2017, with the introduction of the new Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) in Guyana, the Judges have the power to order Mediation.

 

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*An edited version of excerpts of this page was published under the title AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDIATION in The New Guyana Bar Review Volume 2 Issue 1: May 2008 by Jamela A. Ali, Attorney at Law and Mediator - A Guyana Bar Association (GBA) publication.

This web page has been updated.

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Ms Jamela A Ali is a Trained Mediator.

Ms Jamela A Ali, LLM is also an Attorney at Law and Legal Practitioner in Guyana for 27 years and provides legal services in Mining Law & Agreements, Conveyancing, Property matters, Trademarks, Adoption of Children, Divorces, Probates of Wills and Administration, Money Claims, Formation of Companies, Mediation, Real Estate, and Notarial services.

Her diverse background in litigation and mediation serves as a valuable resource to clients, providing unique and innovative insight in practicing litigation avoidance by strategising and negotiating.

Ms Jamela A. Ali obtained a Masters of Law degree in Legislative Drafting from UWI which included the Public Law courses of Constitutional and Administrative Law and wrote a Research Paper on Legislative Drafting, Parliamentary Counsel, Statute Law Revision, Consolidation of Laws, Law Reform, Constitution, Natural Justice, and Good Administration.

Jamela A. Ali is also a Trademark Agent and a Notary Public.


Contact Information

Contact:      Jamela A. Ali, Certified Mediator

Address:     Lot 1 Croal Street, Stabroek, Georgetown, Guyana (br), South America.

Telephone: +592 225 4712

Email:        jamelaali@gmail.com

Website:     www.GuyanaMediator.com

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