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By Tan Ngoh Tiong

The way forward with community tribunals

Published on Jun 5, 2014 6:18 AM
Dr Lim Lan Yuan (left) and Madam June Wong conducting a mock mediation session. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Parliamentarians have recently voiced concern over "deadlocked" community disputes in which one party refuses to mediate a settlement.

While there have not been any recent neighbourhood disputes of the severity of the Everitt Road case in 2002, which ultimately ended up in the Subordinate Courts, some 70,000 complaints from neighbours, largely over noise problems, are received by public agencies each year.

The proposed Community Dispute Tribunal (CDT) seeks to "strengthen the framework for the management of community disputes" and present a viable channel for settling difficult cases between neighbours in conflict.

The CDT follows the establishment of the Community Mediation Centre (CMC) in October 1997 to mediate community disputes. Since 1998, the CMC has mediated in some 7,000 cases.

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