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Mediation services at the Family Courts of Singapore and Australia: Lessons for Malaysia

Mohd Arshad, Ain Husna and Che Soh @ Yusoff, Roslina and Mohd Zin, Najibah and Abdul Hak, Nora (2016) Mediation services at the Family Courts of Singapore and Australia: Lessons for Malaysia. In: 5th International Conference on Law and Society (ICLAS V), 18-19 April 2016, Pattani, Thailand. (Unpublished)

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Family mediation has become an important tool in resolving family disputes. Family courts all over the world have adopted mediation as part and parcel of their structure, or as a mandatory process in dispensing justice. The purpose of this paper is to learn how mediation is integrated into, or upheld by the family courts, particularly because of the need to develop a comprehensive and holistic family court system in Malaysia. In this paper, two family courts are studied i.e., the family courts in Singapore and in Australia. The discussion in this paper begins with a brief introduction on family mediation as practised in the Malaysian courts. This is followed by a discussion on the law and practise of mediation in the family courts of Singapore and Australia. The effectiveness of family mediation in these two countries is also discussed in general. It is found that mediation in family courts have been systematically and successfully implemented. It is also learned that mediation has been able to help the family courts to expedite the cases brought before the courts and clear backlogs. Even though there are certain differences in the way mediation is implemented in the family courts, it is proven that mediation is able to facilitate the parties to achieve a resolution, which is more satisfactory. In this paper, the data are obtained from materials consisting of textbooks, statutes, journal articles, newspapers, seminar and conference papers and unpublished writings. Interviews with the relevant personnel are also conducted. It is hoped that the findings of this study will be of help to the relevant authorities like the Malaysia Judiciary Department and Attorney General Department in designing a new regulatory framework in an effort to introduce mediation service at the proposed family court in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 1601/54007
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family mediation, family court, family disputes
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Legal Practice
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Nora Abdul Hak
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 15:06
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2017 15:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/54007

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