Posted by Rachael Brown, Solicitor
Solicitors Journal, 2 July 2014
Ministry of Justice figures show that the number of people using mediation services has declined, with a drop of 56 per cent for mediation assessments, 38 per cent for mediation ‘starts’ and 27 per cent in final agreements over the last 12 months. National Family Mediation (NFM) said that the Government must ensure ‘nothing is off limits’ as it considers how to reverse the collapse. The NFM has suggested the government provides free initial mediation awareness meetings, which became compulsory earlier in 2014 for people seeking a court order.