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Proposal: Subsidise mediation and arbitration
ADR - Jan 23rd

91% in favour out of 11 votes

Ken Proudman - view Arbitrator profile
BARR LLP (Alberta. Joined 2017)

In England, couples can use £500 vouchers for mediation ($851 CAD). I imagine that has to be a lot less expensive than paying for additional judges, clerks, and security.

0 5 months ago

Wayne Barkauskas, Q.C. - view Arbitrator profile
Wise Scheible Barkauskas (Alberta. Joined 2020)

I have pressed for years for legal aid to fund mediators, and especially arbitrators and PC's with arbitration powers in an effort to reduce the stresses on our court systems, especially from high conflict couples.
Not surprisingly this has fallen on deaf ears. I suggested the same to help address the covid related pressures on the court because most ADR professionals can easily accommodate remote hearings without all the administration costs and efforts. Same result.
My rant is done, but I agree with the suggestion.


0 5 months ago

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