Short Learning Programme
During 2011 a conference on access to justice, held under the auspices of the Chief Justice of South Africa, resolved that the possibility of introducing mediation in the civil courts should be investigated. Mediation has increased in popularity worldwide as a cheaper and quicker method of resolving disputes. It was decided to first introduce mediation in the Magistrates’ courts and thereafter in the High Courts. On 18 March 2014 (Government Notice 183, Government Gazette number 37448) the Rules Board promulgated the new Court Annexed Mediation Rules for the Magistrates Court. This introduced the possibility of mediation in civil matters instituted in the Magistrates Courts, including the Regional Courts. The rules were introduced on 1 December 2014 in a few selected Magistrates Courts in Gauteng and two in the North West Province, including Potchefstroom. Mediation will be introduced in all Magistrates Courts incrementally as the court officials receive the necessary training. The Department of Justice promulgated the necessary training and standards that mediators must comply with to be able to be accredited as court annex mediators. In terms of the rules matters may only be referred by the Clerk of the Magistrates Court to mediators accredited in terms of the mentioned standards referred to in the Government Gazette. Although the Mediation Rules will only be introduced incrementally it is envisaged that the need for trained mediators will increase with time. As soon as a culture of mediation in legal matters is entrenched in South Africa, the need for well trained and experienced mediators will increase. This short learning programme differs from the existing programme CIVIL MEDIATION, in the sense that no assignments after attendance of the 40 hours contact sessions will be required and participants need not have any prior tertiary qualification. We have received enquiries to offer such a programme in addition to the existing programme in Civil Mediation as this programme will service a different market.
The purpose of the course is to train mediators that will also be able to be accredited as entry level mediators in terms of the Court Annexed Mediation Rules of the Magistrates Court.
Grade 12 or equivalent.
Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria:
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4-6 simulated mediation sessions and role plays.
Method of assessment:
Qualified mediators will sit in and assess knowledge and skills displayed by every participant during simulations and role plays. A maximum of five participants will be allocated to each simulation or role play, to enable proper assessment.
Mode of delivery:
The target group will be non-lawyers and persons who do not hold tertiary qualifications, who are interested in becoming mediators or who wish to acquire mediation skills for use in their professional environment.