Court-Connected Mediators to get more pay
Togbe Hotormaho Amedzake
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The Judicial Service has assured Mediators attached to the Courts in Ghana of enhanced allowances to aid improved performance in the resolution of cases.

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, who gave the assurance, noted that the necessary arrangement is being made to ensure that the mediators, who are not mainstream staff of the Judicial Service, are well remunerated with the filing fees paid by disputants.

The assurance comes following concerns by the mediators under the Court-Connected ADR system of the judiciary over low and often delayed allowances.

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Speaking at the launch of the Gamey and Co ADR Centre in Accra on Friday, the Chief Justice announced that a proposal for increased allowance payment has been sent to the Rules of Court Committee for consideration.

She explained that the proposal seeks to ensure that filing fees paid by disputants are used to pay mediators who are able to settle the cases.

She said although the Judiciary has been concerned about the remuneration for mediators attached to the courts, their status as non-staff of the Judicial Service has made an increment in their allowances, challenging.

The Chief Justice was hopeful that the proposal would be adopted and approved by the Committee for implementation.

Court-Connected Mediators to get more pay
Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo is an advocate of ADR.

She commended the court-connected mediators for the contribution in helping to amicably settle many of the cases which would have clogged the courts and assured them support for the Judicial Service.

Togbe Hotormaho Amedzake III, Chairman of the Court-Connected ADR Practitioners of Ghana (COPAG), in a recent interview with ADR Daily, appealed to the Judicial Service for more support to enable the practitioners to do more.

According to the group, the practitioners needed assistance for capacity building to enable them to regularly upgrade their skills to be abreast of the trends in professional ADR practice. He also called for an enhanced remuneration and mainstreaming of the mediators into the staff membership of the Service.

Figures from the Court-Connected ADR Programme of the Judicial Service show that a total of 3,486 cases were mediated in 2017 out of which 1,571 cases were settled, representing a 45 percent settlement rate.

This is an increase of 2,114 over the 1,372 cases mediated in 2016 in which 605 cases were settled successfully.

The programme has been extended to 87 courts nationwide with at least five mediators assigned to each of the courts.

By Nii Adotey/adrdaily.com

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