2017 | Febrero 9
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has announced that she will publish the long awaited Mediation Bill this year. The option to mediate claims (as opposed to going to trial) already exists in the Irish High and Commercial Courts. However, the proposed legislation will put the obligation to consider mediation on a statutory footing.
It will introduce a requirement that litigants expressly confirm to the Courts that mediation has been considered. Provision for costs sanctions for unreasonably failing to engage in mediation is intended to ensure that more claims are resolved by mediation; alleviating some of the strain on the Courts’ system.