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20 May 2013 launched by the Justice Minister, David Ford MLA at Law Society House.

The Justice Minister, David Ford was amongst invited guests at the launch of The new website which is hosted by the Dispute Resolution Service and administered by the Law Society of Northern Ireland is a dedicated information portal to help parties involved in a dispute by showcasing the benefits of mediation as well as the contact details for qualified local lawyer mediators trained specifically to work with disputing parties.

Commenting on the launch of the new website, Mr Brian Speers, Law Society Council Member and Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Service Project Management Board said:

"The Law Society and the legal profession in Northern Ireland have shown that they are receptive to the needs of litigants and responsive to the changing legal landscape. The opportunity to resolve a dispute in a satisfactory way through use of a legally qualified mediator is increasingly encouraged by the courts.  Mediation in many cases is effective quick and involves less cost than a court hearing.

We are therefore delighted to launch which provides access to information and a directory of professionally trained lawyer mediators who can help parties in the resolution of their dispute”.

David Ford, Minister of Justice said:

"I welcome the launch of the 'dedicated information portal on mediation'. It is clearly beneficial to individuals involved in a dispute and to society in general that they are resolved as early as possible, and, where possible, without the emotional and financial cost of litigation."