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New group reviews mediator ethics

With so many mediators out there mediating, ethical issues are bound to arise.

Over the past few years, mediator complaints and ethics issues have prompted governing bodies to consider revisions to the various guidelines, standards and procedures related to certification of mediators, mentors and training programs, according to the Virginia Supreme Court’s Office of the Executive Secretary.

The Executive Secretary’s Office of Dispute Resolution Services has appointed an Ethics Committee to consider the need for revisions to governing procedures. Members of the new committee include: Lawrie S. Parker and lawyers Ernest W. DuBester, Lawrence H. Hoover Jr., Samuel S. Jackson Jr., Frank W. Morrison, Jeannette P. Twomey and Paula M. Young.

The committee first met in late March and plans to meet monthly to study the scope of the pertinent standards of ethics, the impact of convictions or loss of license on mediator certification, grounds and procedures for removal of a mediator from a court-certified roster, and possible adoption of model standards for mediators.

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