Judicial mediators

is the time right? - part II

David Spencer

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Abstract

The issue of the appointment of judicial mediators has once again been raised – this time by the Victorian Attorney-General. But is the appointment of judicial mediators necessary at a time when managerial judging through active case management and lawyer led settlements are leading to the efficient disposition of cases in the civil courts? Part I of this article appeared in the previous edition of this Journal and dealt with defining judicial mediation, after which it discussed why the judicial promotion of settlement is vital to the functioning of the judicial system. It then detailed the first phase of the argument about the constitutional validity of the appointment of judicial mediators and the legal and philosophical arguments that stem from that discussion. In Part II, the discussion on the Constitutional validity of the appointment of judicial mediators is concluded together with a discussion of the positives and negatives of the appointment of judicial mediators. Finally, the conclusion will raise the issue of whether we need judicial mediators?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-199
Number of pages11
JournalAustralasian dispute resolution journal
Volume17
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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