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Dispute Resolution Foundation Of Jamaica

Address: The Peace Centre, 5 Camp Road, P. O. Box 543, Kingston 5
Phone: 876) 906-2456; 908-3657
Fax: (876) 754-9769
Email: drf@drfja.org
Web Site: http://www.drfja.org/
Open: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contact: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 876) 906-2456; 908-3657
Fax: (876) 754-9769
Email: drf@drfja.org

The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) is a private voluntary foundation established in July 1994 to establish and encourage the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques throughout Jamaica. Some of its objectives are:

  1. To encourage and educate the public about using ADR techniques and community and restorative justice practices to promote peace and to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence;

  2. To establish Peace & Justice Centres (service points)  in communities throughout Jamaica;

  3. To increase the use of mediation and arbitration services by the legal profession and courts as dispute resolution options.

 

There are 4 Divisions providing services nationally and regionally.  They are:

  1. Court, Corporate & Commercial Mediation & Arbitration Services

  2. Knowledge Management

  3. Outreach, Youth & Community Services

  4. Governance & Administration

Services Provided

Services Provided through the Divisions and the network of 18 service points include:

  1. Mediation of disputes among individuals, companies, communities, organizations, etc.;

  2. Training of Mediators (Basic & Advanced);

  3. Development & Maintenance of a Roster of Mediators & Arbitrators at the RM & Supreme Court levels;

  4. Training of Arbitrators;

  5. Arbitration of disputes;

  6. Facilitation of meetings whether at the community or corporate level;

  7. Training of Administrators for Peace & Justice Centres;

  8. Training in and Facilitation of Community & Restorative Justice Practices; and

  9. Youth, parents, seniors and workplace programmes.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Anyone who is having a dispute and who would like to have a say in how the matter is resolved.

  2. Anyone who wishes to be trained as a Mediator, Arbitrator or restorative Justice practitioner.

Cost Of Registration

There are groups of trained mediators in every parish in Jamaica and these can be accessed by calling The Peace Centre for information.  For Mediation Fees: Contact Dispute Resolution Foundation

Training Offered by the DRF:

  1. 1 Hour Sensitization

  2. 3 Hour Sensitization

  3. 1 Day Seminar 

  4. 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training

  5. 4 Day Advanced Mediation Training

  6. Facilitators for Community & Restorative Justice Practices

  7. Training of Arbitrators at Associate and Membership levels

Process Of Registration

  1. Come in, call or visit our website at www.drfja.org.
  2. The application form will be faxed or emailed to you. 

Benefits Provided

Peace and Justice Centres have been established in Kingston & St. Andrew (3 locations), St. Mary, Hanover, St. James (2 locations), St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann, Trelawny, Portland, St. Ann, Manchester. Trained mediators are in St. Thomas, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth. These service points and mediators will offer mediation services and support the work of the police, courts, CBOs and schools in reducing crime and violence in Jamaica. There is a corps of youth mediators trained through KRC, UNICEF & SDC as well as work done with forty-two (42) high schools and Teacher Training Colleges in the island.  In addition, there are 5 Youth Peace Facilitators offering services to 45 schools under the School Suspension & Intervention Programme in association with the Ministry of Education and funded by UNICEF.

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