Why is it necessary to “mediate disputes” during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be likely to continue for a while and inevitably creates much anxiety for everyone. This may be due to the ease of infections that are easily passed through casual interactions and can sometimes prove to be fatal. This factor is a frightening scenario for all sectors. Therefore, when legal disputes arise relating to property or interests, it causes widespread concern to the disputing parties as they need to travel to government agencies to mitigate their issues. In this article, THAC will be discussing the advantages of mediation that will help reduce the risk of infections and explore solutions to resolve the conflict. A brief summary will be listed below.
Litigation complicates and increases the risk of infections.
When a dispute occurs, many would opt to proceed with prosecuting the other party, or rely on the police to end the dispute, as they are widely known practices. Prosecution through the court process has a clearly defined sequence of processes and specified location. For example, if a complaint has been filed with the police and a settlement has been agreed upon, it would be necessary to travel to the police station to withdraw the complaint. If the plaintiff proceeds with the litigation, travel is required to the concerned government agency on the specified date and time. Failure to do so might cause more time-wasting to the entire process. In addition, such behavior may also be recorded, which may have consequences in future proceedings and may also affect the relationship between each party.
How can dispute mediation reduce the risk of infections?
Conciliation or mediation is one of the Alternative Dispute Resolution methods. It enables peaceful dispute resolution and is generally known as a popular method. A neutral third party may be named to mediate between the disputing parties to facilitate the exploration of the underlying interest of both parties. However, mediation proceedings will not result in any final ruling as in the case of arbitration.
From the above mentioned, mediation may be considered a more flexible option than litigation, especially regarding the process, location, and time, that the parties can determine on their own. This makes it possible to set a private location that is not crowded, which can greatly reduce the chances of infections and spread of the coronavirus. The process can also proceed confidentially, resolved quickly, and at the same time still maintain a cordial relationship with each other. It can save both times, travel expenses, and under certain circumstances, the operating cost.
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How do I make a choice on the type of “dispute mediation”?
If the concerned parties are interested in opting for a mediation, they need to choose a competent and experienced mediator, the selection of which may be made through an arbitral institution. However, it is also important to study the fundamentals of whether the person or institution who will be fulfilling the
role of a mediator has the required credibility or expertise for the dispute. It is also wise to take into account the convenience of traveling and pricing transparency to ensure that it meets the requirements of the concerned parties.
If you are looking for a competent mediator, the Thailand Arbitration Center, or THAC, provides a comprehensive and reliable mediation service as it was established under the Arbitration Center Act B.E. 2550. The Center has mediators who are experts in various fields and experiences in various professions. Information regarding the details on the type of expertise, current positions of the mediators can be selected, including options on a wide variety of languages and nationalities. You can check it here. THAC is easily accessible and convenient to travel to. Initial costs can be estimated here.
Also, if anyone is worried about traveling during the COVID pandemic, THAC also offers dispute resolution services via an online channel called Talk DD. It also includes options for online dispute settlement, which can definitely reduce the risk of infections. We are very concerned about your well-being and urge you not to overlook your physical health by constantly wearing a face mask when in public and regularly wash your hands.
Thailand Arbitration Center or THAC is a center that provides services in arbitration and mediation with an international standard. It has been in operation since 2015 to support and promote international arbitration and provide arbitration services that are independently operated with international standards. With experience and professional expertise, thus, ensuring that users will receive accurate and fast services. Also, THAC is located in the central business district, which makes it easier to travel. It also offers services at a lower rate which helps you to save both time and money