Increasing the use of mediation in the civil justice system

Closes 4 Oct 2022

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This paper sets out for consultation the Government’s proposal to introduce automatic referral to mediation for small claims proceedings in the County Court. It also seeks stakeholders’ views on how to strengthen the external civil mediation sector.  

The consultation is aimed at court users, the mediation profession, the legal profession, the judiciary, the advice sector, and all those with an interest in the resolution of civil disputes in England and Wales. 

A Welsh language consultation paper is available.

An Impact Assessment indicates that the proposals are likely to lead to some additional costs and significant savings for businesses. An Impact Assessment is attached. Comments on the Impact Assessment are very welcome.  

Responses are welcomed from anyone with an interest in or views on the subject covered by this paper. 

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Proposal 1: Introducing automatic referral to mediation for small claims 
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