Launch of Alternatives to Court in Northern Ireland

Launch of Alternatives to Court in Northern Ireland

Pictured at the launch are, L-R: Dr Jack Anderson, School of Law; Marie Anderson, NI Ombudsman’s Office; Brian Speers, President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland; Hon Mr Justice Weatherup, High Court; Les Allamby, Law Centre (NI); and David Ford, Minister of Justice

A new initiative to promote the alternatives to court has been launched following a unique partnership between the Northern Ireland Ombudsman, the Law Centre (NI) and School of Law at Queen’s.

Written by Dr Jack Anderson from the School of Law, the new booklet called Alternatives to Court attempts to show members of the public that there are other ways of dealing with many types of dispute, how these alternatives to court might work and when it is appropriate to use them. It also includes a detailed directory of dispute resolution services available in Northern Ireland appropriately organised by specific types of disputes. 

The initiative was endorsed at its launch by the Minister of Justice, David Ford, and the Hon Mr Justice Weatherup of the High Court.

The booklet is available online on NI Direct; the NI Ombudsman’s website; the Law School’s webpage; by contacting the Law Centre(NI); and, over the coming months, in Courts, Citizens Advice Bureaus, solicitors’ offices and libraries across Northern Ireland.

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