On Tuesday October 10th 2016 The Court Services held a very instructive short “Perspectives from the Bench” seminar on Mediation and the Courts. The speakers for the occasion were Judge Rosemary Horgan (President of the District Court), Judge Petria McDonnell (Circuit Court) and Justice Peter Kelly (President of the High Court.
Each speaker spoke for some minutes on their own experience of mediation, and their commitment to it as a dispute resolution process.
Justice Peter Kelly demonstrated his faith in mediation on many occasions during his tenure as President of the Commercial Court, and he discussed the advantages and the shortcomings of mediation.
Both Judge McDonnell and Judge Horgan have completed training in the art of mediation, and both agreed that it had enhanced their skills in dealing with their cases.