The Mediation Act No. 8 of 2004 and the Community Mediation Regulations, 2007 guide the practice of Community Mediation in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Act provides for:
- The establishment of a body corporate known as the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago. The Board’s responsibilities include formulating standards for the accreditation of mediation training programmes as well as accreditation and monitoring of such programmes and standards for the certification of mediators and mediation trainers. The Board also has the power to enforce the Code of Ethics and administer Disciplinary Regulations for certified mediators.
- A Code of Ethics is enforced by the Mediation Board to guide certified mediators in the conduct of mediation. The general responsibilities of certified mediators include:
- Conduct in a manner to instill confidence in the mediation process, in their integrity and within entrusted disputes with the highest ethical standards.
- To be honest, unbiased, diligent, to act in good faith and they seek the interests of the mediation parties.
- To uphold the mediation principles of:
- The parties’ right to self-determination
- Informed consent
- Full disclosure