Circular 97/11: Seminar on Mediation

by Justice Vernon Ong Lam Kiat

(Admission is Free)

We are pleased to inform you that Justice Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, Judge of the Johor Bahru High Court and a member of the Panel of Mediators in the Johor Bahru High Court has agreed to deliver a Seminar on MEDIATION for members of the Johore Bar, particulars whereof are as follows:

Day & Date : Wednesday, 15th February 2012

Time : 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue : Johore Bar Auditorium

Mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism has been around for a long time and had been practised by various cultures and with a measure of success. The essence of Mediation is the speedy resolution of disputes that is not only cost-effective but promotes a win-win situation for the parties. In recent times it has been explored as an alternative to litigation that is often costly and cumbersome. With the increase in the number of cases being filed and the desire and enthusiasm to dispose off matters speedily, the Malaysian Judiciary has been actively promoting Mediation as an adjunct to litigation and set Mediation Centers in various courts, including in Johor Bahru and Muar to facilitate the process of mediation.

Although at present mediation is entirely voluntary, under the proposed combined Rules of Courts, providing for a single uniform code of procedure for the High Court and the Subordinate Courts, expected to be introduced later in this year, mediation will be made an integral part of the judicial process and that litigants will have to exhaust it before they get a chance to litigate their disputes.

Mediation is here to stay. Before it takes off in a big way, come and find out what it’s all about. This Seminar will, inter alia, focus on the role of Mediation in the judicial process and how it can be utilised to settle cases without going through a lengthy and stressful trial.

As places are limited, members are advised to fill up the enclosed proforma and return it to the Bar Secretariat at the soonest possible.

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