The Judicial Service Commission has launched an alternative dispute resolution mechanism also known Court Annexed Mediation in Kisumu County.
Justice Aggrey Muchelule who presided over the launch at the Law Courts in Kisumu said the Court Annexed Mediation process provides a win-win situation to the parties in a civil dispute.
Muchelule spoke on Tuesday while addressing stakeholders during an awareness forum for the local court users committee and explained that it is easier for parties in a mediation case to embrace the settlement since they are actively involved in the resolution.
Justice Muchelule said that the mediation alternative helps to circumvent the adversarial nature of mitigated settlements where one of the aggrieved parties must come out as the loser.
At least 22 mediators have been trained and accredited to oversee the implementation of the process in Kisumu with each to be paid 20, 000 shillings for every case successfully handled.
Besides Kisumu, nine other counties are slated in the initial launch of the mediation courts including Mombasa, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri, Machakos, Garissa, Embu Kakamega and Kisii.