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Meeting of the working group on the evaluation of the mediation system

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The meeting of the working group of the activity “Assessment of the mediation system of the Regional Courts of Appeal (CRA)in the framework of the joint European Union-Council of Europe project on the “Promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Turkey” was held in Ankara on September 19, 2022 with the participation of representatives of the Directorate General of Legal Affairs (DGLA) of the Ministry of Justice, the Council of Europe project team and local and international consultants.

Following the overall evaluation of the project and related activity, relevant stakeholders shared their views on the current state of mediation and the perception of mediation in Turkey. During the meeting, international and European best practices on a fair and effective complaints mechanism were discussed to deal with disputes related to mediators and the mediation management process, as well as the results of desk research, visits on-site to RTAs and qualitative/quantitative research/user satisfaction surveys.

Issues such as actions to be taken for better mediation practices in Turkey, problems encountered in court decisions from the perspective of the judiciary, problems encountered by mediators and supervision of mediation were also discussed during Of the reunion. In addition, comments and recommendations were shared on ways forward to develop the operating framework of the mediation system, complaints mechanism and regional mediation assessment commissions to improve the quality of the mediation mechanism. assessment and general mediation practices in Turkey. .

The Turkish Ministry of Justice plans to establish a fair and effective complaints mechanism to resolve disputes related to mediators and the mediation management process, and thus improve mediation practices in general. In this context, the experts will prepare a comprehensive final evaluation report, including the results of the research analysis conducted, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Justice for review and action.

The joint project onPromoting Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Turkey» is co-financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey The General Directorate of Criminal Affairs and the General Directorate of Legal Affairs are the final beneficiaries of the project. The Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the contracting authority.