On 12 July, the Council of Europe organised a meeting to present the needs assessment report on court-annexed and private mediation in civil cases in Georgia.
The report emphasises several key recommendations, highlighting the need for a cohesive strategy and action plan with clearly defined policy goals and establishment of an advisory board comprising experts from diverse fields. Raising awareness of legal professionals and the public is named as the major challenge that needs to be addressed in order to enhance use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
During the brainstorming session, representatives of the Mediators Association, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Georgian Bar Association, CSOs and academia discussed the findings of the study and shared their perspectives on further development of the mediation mechanism in Georgia. The follow-up measures based on the findings of the report were also considered.
The activity was organised by the Council of Europe Project “Promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Georgia.”