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Construction conference to discuss mediation benefits

June 12, 2018 7:08 pm

The Fiji Mediation Centre is urging the construction industry to include a mediation clause in all their legal contracts.

The suggestion comes from Justice Suresh Chandra who says while most contracts contain an arbitration clause, there is no reason why a mediation clause cannot be added.

Justice Chandra will be one of the presenters at the upcoming inaugural Construction Industry Council conference on Friday.

He says 70 percent success rate of the Centre speaks for itself as a viable alternative disputes resolution mechanism.

Justice Chandra says for an industry where millions of dollars are invested and jobs can be unnecessarily held up when disputes such as breach of contracts or non-performance arise, mediation can prove to be a highly effective tool.

Established in 2016 under the globally recognized Singapore model, the Centre which is an arm of the judiciary, now has over 40 accredited mediators from various professional backgrounds.