Archives for Justice Reform

Settlement Smarts for Self-represented People

Professor Julie Macfarlane and her team at the National Self-represented Litigants Project have produced a terrific resource for the public. It is a plain language document that provides a practical and easy-to-use guide to settlement. Mediators should take a look and consider referring clients to this helpful resource –… more »

How can the justice system more effectively use mediation to enable SRLs to obtain fair resolution of their conflicts?

I have been very inspired by the ongoing posts to the National Self-Represented Litigants Project blog.  My post last week was an introduction to a very important topic featuring frequently in that blog.  This post takes the topic to a slightly deeper level. One could write an entire book… more »

How Mediators and Lawyers Can Help to Make Mediation Work for SRLs: New post from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project

Professor Julie Macfarlane issued a new post to the National Self-Represented Litigants Project Blog today.  We highly recommend that both mediators and lawyers read it and consider how they can make the mediation process work better for self-represented litigants. It used to be that, in motor vehicle personal injury cases… more »

Watching for Wood and Technology: What has this got to do with mediation Part 5

“Watch for wood!” yelled my Dad to his kids as we scooted off in small boats during our long summer holidays on Vancouver Island.  My Dad knew  that the hazards of boating on the BC coast included all the wood pieces, logs and stumps floating on the surface and lying… more »

Cause for Celebration! Release of the second edition of the “Mediating from a Distance: Suggested Practice Guidelines for Family Mediators”

Last week’s release of the Distance Family Mediation Project’s second edition of “Mediating from a Distance: Suggested Practice Guidelines for Family Mediators” has certainly been cause for celebration for us, here at Mediate BC Society. Not only do these much-anticipated guidelines bring our project one big step closer… more »

Mediate BC’s Response to the Green Paper

Mediate BC has submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice’s Green Paper:  Modernizing British Columbia’s Justice System.  The focus of the response is on the reference in the Green Paper to small claims disputes in the Provincial Court.  An excerpt from the response (page 3) is as follows: It … more »