MEDIATION BOARDS ACT, NO. 72 OF 1988
The principal features of the Mediation Boards Act, No. 72 of 1988 as amended by Act, No. 15 of 1997 are as follows:
The Act provides for the legal framework necessary for institutionalising Mediation Boards, which are empowered to resolve, by the process of mediation, all disputes referred to it by disputing parties as well as in certain instances, by Courts.
The Mediation Boards Commission
The Mediation Boards Commission (the Commission) consists of five members appointed by the President for a period of three years. Three of the members are required to be from among persons who have held judicial office in the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal (the highest courts in the land), one of whom is appointed as Chairman of the Commission.
The Commission is vested with the power of appointing Mediators. It is also vested with powers of dismissal and disciplinary control of Mediators and of supervising and controlling the performance and discharge of the functions and duties of Mediators.
The Commission functions as an independent body and the mandatory inclusion therein of persons of the caliber of retired Judges of the Appellate Courts is an attempt to ensure its independence and inspire confidence in its impartiality.