Mediation training partnership agreement signed

28 October 2010

Mediation training partnership agreement signed 

The New Zealand Law Society has signed a partnership agreement with Massey University for the delivery of mediation training to lawyers.

The agreement was signed by the chair of the Board of NZLS CLE Ltd, Christine Grice, and Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey.

The programme will start in November 2010 with a pilot course in Wellington. This will be limited to 20 participants and will be taught by Massey’s Dispute Resolution Centre director Virginia Goldblatt and specialised staff.

The full programme will be launched in 2011 with lawyers taking part in training to better assist their clients in areas such as family mediation or to become mediators themselves. The courses will initially be run in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

Dispute Resolution Centre director Virginia Goldblatt says she looks forward to bringing the values and expertise of Massey University together with those of the Law Society to make a genuine contribution to the New Zealand legal and social environment.

“The University is enthusiastic about the prospect of the educational and academic aspects of the course being translated into practice in the community, particularly in the vital area of Family Law,” she says.