President of the Grenada Bar Association (GBA), Ruggles Ferguson believes the use of the Mediation process which is now a prominent feature of the court system has helped to create a major dent in the backlog of civil cases in the high court.
Ferguson told a GBN television programme last week Monday that Grenada can be considered a success story in Mediation in terms of leading the rest of member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) that are grouped together in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
The GBA president said that since Mediation was introduced in 2004, Grenada would have done close to 800 Mediation cases – more than in the other islands of the sub-regional grouping.
However, the attorney-at-law who operates out of Ciboney Chambers on H.A Blaize Street, St. George’s said that although many cases have been resolved through Mediation, the court still remains straggled with many more legal matters.
“Even in the face of doing hundreds of Mediations and having a success rate of two-thirds, we still have hundreds of matters awaiting trial in the court system,” he added.
Mediation allows warring parties along with their attorneys to trash out their differences before a court-appointed Mediator.
Once an agreement is reached it is taken to the high court judge who adopts it and makes it an order of the court.