In September 2013 Executive Director Kari Boyle presented the Mediate BC Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. Mediate BC and the BC Canadian Bar Association are the only two organizations to make submissions on this topic and both are quoted and well represented in the report. You can read the entire Committee report here.
Note the following important excerpts relating to Mediate BC's submission:
"Restorative justice and dispute resolution programs in BC provide alternate avenues for justice, either in conjunction with or as an alternative to the traditional court system. Delivered by local service providers, these programs provide effective means to justice that address victims' needs and hold offenders accountable, while saving money and freeing up court resources. In Vancouver, Mediate BC discussed the merits of conflict resolution and mediation for the resolution of justice. These programs, they stated, should receive higher priority because they result in significant savings for government, businesses, families, and individuals. Recent changes to the Family Law Act, they added, encourage parties to explore alternative dispute resolution prior to making application to court."
"The Committee acknowledges the important work provided by local service providers, particularly those engaged in the delivery of restorative justice and mediation. These services have been proven to deliver effective results, as well as considerable cost savings to the system as a whole. The Committee therefore recommends that government work to establish a province-wide restorative justice program, as well as allocate sufficient funding to the mediation, arbitration, and other out-of-court dispute resolution mechanisms emphasized in the new Family Law Act."
The Committee made the following recommendation:
72. Allocate sufficient funding for mediation, arbitration, and other out-of-court dispute resolution mechanisms emphasized in the new Family Law Act.
To read Mediate BC's full submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, please click here.