Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that is offered by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission as an alternative to the traditional investigative or litigation process. Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral third party assists the opposing parties to reach a voluntary, negotiated resolution on any dispute over State Lands. The decision to mediate is completely voluntary for the charging party and the Commission. Mediation gives the parties the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the charge, clear up misunderstandings, determine the underlying interests or concerns, find areas of agreement and, ultimately, to incorporate those areas of agreements into resolutions. A mediator does not resolve the charge or impose a decision on the parties. Instead, the mediator helps the parties to agree on a mutually acceptable resolution. The mediation process is strictly confidential and Information disclosed during mediation will not be revealed to anyone until the issues are completely resolved.

How Mediation Works in the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission

If the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is aware of a dispute over State Land the Guyana lands an Surveys Commission offers the Mediation Service to the Clients. If both parties agree, a mediation session conducted by a trained and experienced mediator is scheduled. While it is not necessary to have an attorney in order to participate in the Commission’s Mediation Program, either party may choose to do so. It is important that persons attending the mediation session have the authority to resolve the dispute. If mediation is unsuccessful, the issues are investigated like any other charge and may be resolved by Arbitration or the Courts of Law.

Advantages of Mediation

Mediation is available at no cost to the parties.

Fair and Neutral
Parties have an equal say in the process and decide settlement terms, not the mediator. There is no determination of guilt or innocence in the process.

Saves Time and Money
Mediation usually occurs early in a dispute, and many mediations are completed in one meeting. Legal or other representation is optional but not required.

Avoids Litigation
Lengthy litigation can be avoided. Mediation costs less than a lawsuit and avoids the uncertainty of judicial outcome.

Improves Communication
Mediation provides a neutral and confidential setting where both parties can openly discuss their views on the underlying dispute. Enhanced communication can lead to mutually satisfactory resolutions.

Design your own Solution
A neutral third party assists the parties in reaching a voluntary, mutually beneficial resolution. Mediation can resolve all issues important to the parties, not just the underlying legal dispute.

Everyone Wins
An independent survey showed 96% of all respondents and 91% of all charging parties who used mediation would use it again if offered.