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Mediation scheme piloted by Court of Appeal

5th April 2012

A mediation scheme is to be piloted by the Court of Appeal (CoA) under plans to reduce the number of cases which go to full trial.

The pilot, to be managed by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), will apply to all contract and personal injury claims of £100,000 or less which are appealed.

Mediators will be appointed by the CEDR and come from a team of Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme (CAMS) specialists.

In a bid to decrease amounts spent on litigation and get through the backlog of settlement actions more quickly, claimants and defendants will now be strongly encouraged to resolve their issues out of court, with cases only proceeding to the CoA if an agreement proves impossible.

Any litigants in person who qualify for legal aid will benefit from the expertise of those in London lawyer jobs, with the head of LawWorks commenting that a lack of money should not prevent anyone from accessing mediation services.