‘All mediators are not necessarily lawyers’

Senior Counsel Mediator George Lim makes a submission to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

ALL mediators are not necessarily lawyers.

This was highlighted by Singaporean senior counsel mediator George Lim while making his submission before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in Lautoka yesterday.

Mr Lim is in the country to facilitate an awareness session with judicial staff members in Nadi. Standing Committee member Anare Jale had asked whether or not lawyers were the only ones qualified to become mediators.

Mr Lim, who is on the board for the Singapore International Mediation Centre, said there was no need to be a lawyer to be a mediator.

“In fact in Singapore, I sit on the board of the mediation centre and half of our mediators are non-lawyers,” he said.

“We have engineers, quantity surveyors, contractors, very good people who all go through training and in Fiji itself, you have Jenny Seeto, who’s not a lawyer, as a mediator.

“So you don’t need to be a lawyer.”

He said there were also many bodies which accredited and trained mediators.

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