Mediation proceedings in separation cases to use videoconferencing

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Videoconferencing is being introduced in mediation proceedings in separation cases, the Justice Ministry announced on Monday. This is being done to reduce the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the justice system as the country slowly heads back to normality.

In a statement the Justice Ministry explained that this was one of the measures which will be announced in the near future as part of the ministry’s digital strategy on which it is working to implement within the justice system.

The new measure will apply for cases wherein both parties have agreed on a personal separation contract in order to regulate their situation. The court sitting which would usually take place in front of the mediator can take place in an office outside of the court or through virtual meetings using video conferencing where parties are assisted by their respective lawyers.

The measure is aimed at reducing the amount of contact between the parties and thereby reduce the chances of contracting the virus. It will also ensure that any agreements reached between the parties are published as soon as possible.

The implementation of this measure was possible after the ministry reached an agreement with the judges and mediators of the Family Courts.

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