Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has told law students that they hold the key to helping people to use mediation services in future.
Speaking to students on the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School in London, Jonathan Djanogly said:
‘I do strongly believe that for the vast majority of disputes in civil, family and administrative justice, it can be a better way of reaching a resolution for all concerned - quicker, less expensive, certainly less stressful, and a solution that the parties themselves will buy into because they have shaped the outcome.
‘One of the barriers to mediation’s greater use, is people’s lack of knowledge about mediation, or the misinformation that they have taken on board that it is a lesser form of justice that smacks of compromise. As future barristers you have the opportunity to change those misperceptions and to properly educate those who come to you for help.’
Jonathan Djanogly also congratulated the BPP students who recently won the top individual and team prizes at the fourth UK National Mediation Competition, held in Scotland, which included student teams from Germany and the USA.