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'Mediation works and we are committed to making sure that more people make use of it, rather than go through the confrontational and stressful experience of going to court.
It is not the sign of a civilised family justice system to have more and more people litigating in court whether with lawyers alongside them or not. A civilised system is to have more people resolving disputes away from the often confrontational atmosphere of the courtroom.
That is why we continue to give our support, both through legal aid funding and promotional work, to alternatives like mediation which can resolve disputes without going to court. Mediation is often quicker and cheaper and leads to more amicable outcomes which both sides can accept because they have agreed them together.'
This new handbook offers a source of great encouragement, comfort and reference.