Former Attorney General Dancia Penn-Sallah has called on members of the public to make more use of alternative dispute-resolution avenues to reduce the burden on local courts.
She said mediation and arbitration are options that are available locally.
Effectively, arbitration is the method where aggrieved parties present their matter to an arbiter who will then determine the best course of action based on the arguments of either side. Mediation also involves using a neutral third party known as a mediator who assists conflicting parties to make a compromise outside of court.
In support of her suggestion, Penn-Sallah referred to the sometimes-protracted periods that members of the public have to wait for their matters to be disposed of by courts in the BVI.
“Delay in the court system remains a vexing issue and one that has to be addressed drastically,” she said.
“I know that there are challenges and I do not seek to pretend that they are not there. But one of the things I would like to suggest and to urge is that we all make greater use of alternative dispute resolution processes,” Penn-Sallah said.
She said major progress already has been made locally to provide alternative options to the court process.
The former attorney general referred to the BVI International Arbitration Centre, as one avenue which was created to be an impartial and neutral dispute resolution institution.
“Our government has made what I personally believe is a great investment … I do think that we should use it,” she said.
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