The Report's draft recommendations include amending the Civil Procedure Act 2005 to require parties to take reasonable steps to resolve or narrow the issues in dispute before commencing divil proceedings.
ADR Blueprint Draft Recommendations Report 2: ADR in Government
The Report’s draft recommendations include that the Model Litigant Policy be strengthened to give greater emphasis to the role of ADR in resolving civil claims and litigation, and that the Government prepare an annual public report on its use of ADR.
The Report also recommends that ADR clauses be included in all appropriate government contracts.
The ADR Directorate recently made a submission to the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, which is considering whether legislative changes are needed to protect the integrity of ADR processes.
The ADR Directorate's submission explores the ways in which the confidentiality of ADR processes should be protected, and whether ADR practitioners should be protected from liability.