While updating the meeting on the status of the national ADR policy, the Chairperson observed that the Attorney-Office General (OAG) had formed a committee to develop a national ADR strategy. The Committee had so far submitted a report to the Attorney General, who had submitted a memo to the Cabinet and was due for debate and approval by parliament. In this regard, the Chairperson requested LSK’s support in drafting and creating sound legislation. She requested the council to rally the LSK fraternity to support the policy to enable its passing by Parliament. The bill is expected to address topics that have dominated debates such as the regulation of ADR practitioners' conduct, the creation of a national ADR council, mediator and arbitrator credentials, and areas for judicial involvement.
On panel listing, the Chairperson explained the process for empanelment for both domestic and international mediation panels and international arbitration panels. She noted that for those interested in becoming panelists, the procedure for joining any of these panels is available on the NCIA website. She further observed that the applicant's experience and training are the most crucial factors to evaluate throughout the recruiting process. The candidate is also required to submit supporting documentation demonstrating that they have been nominated by various organizations and have already presided over arbitration or mediation proceedings.
She added that If the Board is not satisfied with an application, it may be deferred with the applicant encouraged to get additional experience and reapply when an opportunity arises. If the application is successful, it is submitted to the NCIA full Board for further review and approval.
On the uptake of ADR by Country Branches, the LSK Council requested the Centre to consider expanding outreach services of ADR to upcountry branches. On this the Registrar agreed with the council that the national branches are critical to achieving NCIA's mandate of spreading ADR mechanisms throughout the country.