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Tuesday, December 02, 2008


The Supreme Court of the Philippines together with The Philippine Judicial Academy and Philippine Mediation Center conducted an Orientation Conference with Stakeholders on Court-Annexed Mediation (Zambales and Bataan Mediation Program) last December 2, 2008 at Legend International Resorts, Subic Bay, Olongapo City.

Olongapo City Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. delivered the opening remark. “This process will definitely help speed up the procedure of the justice system here in the Philippines” Mayor Gordon said.

The Program presented the mechanism of Court-Annexed Mediation and Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) in the Philippines which aims in decongesting court cases in the Courts and offer alternative resolutions in settling disputes.

Court-Annexed Mediation is a procedure to settle cases with the help of a mediator. A mediator is an authorized officer of the court which helps identify issues and resolve disputes. However if the mediation fails, the case is brought back to the court and the Judicial Dispute Resolution (Pre-Trial) judge resumes Pre-trial proceedings.

The JDR (Pre-Trial) judge assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s case and persuades them to reconsider mediation. If both agrees the JDR Judge facilitates settlement. On the other hand if parties still reject mediation, the JDR judge terminates the Pre-Trial process and court proceedings resume.

Cases under the coverage of mediation involve all civil cases, settlement of estates and cases covered by the Rule on Summary Procedure, except those which by law may not be compromised

The event was participated in by Zambales Governor Amor D. Deloso, Board of Trustees of the Philippine Judicial Academy, its members, Executive Officials, Heads of Offices, Academic Council and Judicial Reform Groups. Olongapo City Barangay and Government Officials, Judges, Lawyers and other stakeholders.


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