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​MEDIA RELEASE: PRACTICE DIRECTION NO. 1 OF 2021 - USE OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION FOR MATTERS INVOLVING FAMILY LAW DISPUTES

​MEDIA RELEASE

PRACTICE DIRECTION NO. 1 OF 2021 - USE OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION FOR MATTERS INVOLVING FAMILY LAW DISPUTES


1. The Honourable Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong has issued Practice Direction No.1 of 2021 on the use of alternative dispute resolution for matters involving family law disputes with effect from 2 December 2021.

2. The introduction of the Practice Direction aims to strengthen the court’s powers in the resolution of matrimonial disputes and introduces a new ‘judge-led’ approach that empowers the court to direct parties to mediation. The Practice Direction requires that as part of divorce proceedings, couples with at least one child below 18 years of age must undergo mandatory court annexed mediation.

3. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution and it is a process that will assist separating or divorcing couples to reach their own mutually acceptable agreements regarding arrangements of their children and other family related matters. It is a non-adversarial, co-operative decision-making process and it is hoped that mediation will better assist families in reducing the emotional burden, time and cost of resolving their disputes. Mediation sessions will be conducted by judges and judicial officers.

4. The Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam is committed to protecting and supporting families and will continue to work to ensure that the interests and well-being of the child are protected and family conflicts are resolved effectively and fairly. Practice Direction No.1 of 2021 is available on the Judiciary website (http://www.judiciary.gov.bn).

SUPREME COURT OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER 2021


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