History of the Division
Community Mediation was introduced to Trinidad and Tobago on October 2nd, 2000 as an alternative to the litigation process. This was done as a pilot for two years, and at the end of the initial two years the pilot project was extended for a further year and ended on October 1st, 2003. During this period, the process was available to first time offenders charged with certain criminal offences and persons involved in disputes in a limited number of civil and family matters as identified in the Community Mediation Act, No. 13 of 1998 as amended by Act No. 45 of 2000.
The pilot project revealed that while there was a demonstrated need for mediation, a new structure for the delivery of the service was required. It also suggested that the framework had to be reconsidered. Out of these considerations, the Mediation of Act of 2004 was passed in Parliament and a Report prepared by a Cabinet appointed team to design a new structure for Community Mediation was taken before the Cabinet and approved for implementation. This new system of Community Mediation together with the introduction of court-annexed family mediation through the Family Court was intended to emphasise resolving conflicts within communities and initiating programmes to promote reason and ensure greater public safety. The new system of Community Mediation was launched on April 27, 2006 and the first Intake completed on May 01, 2006.
To be the medium in promoting a culture of peace, thereby facilitating healing and harmony in our communities.
To facilitate the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities by resolving disputes through mediation, in a non-threatening environment.