The CEPEJ Working Group on Mediation was set up in 2006 to promote and support the implementation of the recommendations issued by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers relating to mediation. Its work has allowed the Council of Europe to publish in 2007 several Guidelines for a better implementation of existing recommendations.
The need for mediation has grown over the years and in 2017 it appeared necessary to complement these guidelines with practical tools allowing for States to implement and develop mediation. The EUR was admitted as an observer in this group when the decision was taken to reactivate it.
The Working Group’s third meeting of its second term has allowed for progress to be made on the elaboration of several tools aimed at professionals and users in order to make court-related mediation more attractive and more efficient. These tools will mention the role of non-judge staff of the courts and the importance of their training on the topic. Indeed, in some countries non-juge staff play an important role in referring cases to mediation (Switzerland, Czech Republic). In others, they themselves act as mediators (Spain, Hungary).
The Working Group on Mediation works in close cooperation with the other CEPEJ Working Groups as well as with other Council of Europe Committees such as the European Committee for Legal Cooperation (CDCJ).
Cooperation projects are also considered with countries belonging to the Eastern Partnership.
Vivien Whyte represented the EUR.