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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Singapore Mediation Center
  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1997
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of Disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] Overview

The Singapore Mediation Centre ("SMC") is the flagship mediation centre of Singapore. It was incorporated on 8 August 1997, and officially launched by the Honourable Chief Justice Yong Pung How on 16 August 1997.

The SMC is a non-profit organisation guaranteed by the Singapore Academy of Law. It is linked institutionally with many professional and trade associations and receives the support of the Supreme Court of Singapore, the Subordinate Courts of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law.

The SMC has successfully spearheaded the mediation movement in Singapore and is dedicated to the promotion of amicable and efficient settlement of disputes. It aims to create an environment in which people can work together to find enduring solutions to conflicts and tensions created by human interactions. It contributes to the building of a harmonious society, and a thriving business community, by broadening awareness of, and providing access to, constructive means of dispute resolution and conflict management.

[edit] History

At the Opening of the Legal Year in January 1996, the Honourable Attorney-General, Mr Chan Sek Keong, proposed the establishment of a commercial mediation centre in Singapore. The Singapore Academy of Law followed up on this proposal and began to provide a commercial mediation service in December 1996. The Supreme Court facilitated the growth of mediation by referring suitable cases for mediation. Following the success of the pilot project initiated by the Commercial Mediation Service Sub-Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law under the chairmanship of Justice Goh Joon Seng (now retired), the SMC was incorporated to give greater operational autonomy to the commercial mediation service.

[edit] Mission

The Singapore Mediation Centre is dedicated to promoting the amicable and fair resolution of dispute.

The Singapore Mediation Centre aims to create an environment where people can work together to find enduring solutions to conflicts by broadening awareness of, and providing access to, constructive means of dispute resolution. It is engaged in:

  • Providing mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") services;
  • Providing training on negotiation, mediation and other ADR mechanisms;
  • Accrediting and maintaining a panel of mediators to ensure quality;
  • Engaging in consultancy services for dispute avoidance, dispute management and ADR mechanisms; and
  • Educating the next generation in methods of conflict avoidance and resolution.

[edit] Mediation and Other Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

As of 1 April 2006, more than 1,000 disputes were referred to the SMC. Of those mediated, about 75% were settled. The types of cases include (and are not limited to) banking disputes, construction disputes, contractual disputes, corporate disputes, contested divorces and divorce ancillary matters, employment disputes, family disputes, information technology disputes, insurance disputes, negligence claims, partnership disputes, personal injury claims, shipping disputes and tenancy disputes.

The SMC has saved tremendous costs and time for its institutional partners and supporters. For example, the Supreme Court alone recorded a savings of more than $18 million. Individual disputants benefit extensively as well. According to the figures provided by the Supreme Court, it is estimated that the savings in legal costs for the parties are substantial. In a High Court case involving 2 parties, it is not uncommon for the parties to save as much as $80,000 in total. Our partners, clients and supporters are appreciative of the savings that mediation and other non-confrontational methods have produced. In particular, they value the positive impact that the use of non-confrontational methods of resolving disputes has on relationships and the work environment.

[edit] Panel of Neutrals

The group of people who are primarily responsible for the satisfaction enjoyed by our partners, clients and supporters are members on the SMC Panel of Mediators and Neutrals. The SMC has a panel of accredited mediators and other neutrals that includes retired Supreme Court Judges, Members of Parliament, former Judicial Commissioners, Senior Counsel and leaders from different professions and industries. All SMC neutrals have undergone formal mediation training and rigorous evaluation. They are accredited and appointed to the SMC panel only after they have been assessed to have the necessary skills and appropriate temperament. There are presently 108 such mediators on the SMC panel. The SMC has also established an international panel of mediators that consists of internationally renowned neutrals.

[edit] Training and Education

Apart from helping individuals and organisations to resolve disputes in an amicable manner, the SMC has also established itself as a training expert in the fields of negotiation, mediation and conflict management in Singapore and the region.

[edit] Contact

1 Supreme Court Lane Level 4 Singapore 178879 – Singapore

Tel: (65) 6332 4366

Fax: (65) 6333 5085


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