Circular 18/12: Proposal to Introduce Automatic Mediation in Accident Cases in the Johor Bahru Courts

Please be informed that a pilot project to introduce mediation for all accident cases would be launched in Johor Bahru w.e.f. 1st June 2012.

The said project is being spearheaded by Justice Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, the Senior Judge of the Johor Bahru High Court.

The Judiciary is of the view that running down matters, which constitute the bulk of the cases in the subordinate courts, in particular the Sessions Courts, are suitable for mediation and that with the right method and approach a large number of them may be successully resolved without having to go through a full trial.

The Johore Bar supports this venture not merely because it would result in the speedy disposal of cases but because it may remove much of the unwarranted stress that is imposed on our members under the present litigation climate.

A preliminary meeting between the Judiciary and the Johore Bar Committee held on 29th March 2012, decided, inter alia, that for the scheme to work well, all stakeholders, namely Solicitors acting for the Plaintiffs and Defendants and Insurance Companies should be involved in the process.

A Joint Working Committee, chaired by Justice Vernon Ong has been set up to discuss and to draw up the mechanism for the implementation of this pilot project. The following members have been appointed to represent the Bar in the said Joint Working Committee:

1. Dato’ Hj. Kuthubul Zaman bin Bukhari

2. Ms. J. Chandrika

3. Mr. S.K. Lee

4. En. Azizi bin Mohd Sarit @ Ahmad Shaghir

5. Ms. M.J. Periera

6. Ms. M. Punita

The Joint Working Committee is presently working out the framework and mechanism for the said scheme. The Johore Bar Committee welcomes suggestions and ideas from members of the Johore Bar on how best we may introduce mediation in accident cases. You may share your views on this matter by either writing directly to the Johore Bar Committee or by informing any of the above-mentioned members of the Joint Working Committee. As time is critical, we would appreciate your urgent response.

We look forward to your participation and contribution.



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