Earlier this month, the Scottish Government announced that it will commence a public consultation in 2020, seeking the views of the general public, key stakeholders and other interested parties on proposals for increasing the consistency and use of mediation within the civil justice system in Scotland.
This announcement was made in response to the June 2019 report of an Expert Group approved by the Scottish Government to conduct an independent review of mediation in the civil justice system. The Expert Group was led by leading Scottish mediators and involved representatives of a wide range of interests. Professor Nancy Welsh met with the Expert Group in February to discuss the U.S. experience with court-connected mediation. The Expert Group’s report, Bringing Mediation into the Mainstream in Civil Justice in Scotland, cites Professor Welsh throughout.