'Mediation is an increasingly popular resource in the face of the judicial collapse'

•The General Council of the Judiciary, the Spanish Ministry of Justice and the country’s autonomous communities sign 27 agreements to promote mediation in Spain

The number of cases that judges refer to mediation is sure to grow in Spain in the coming years. This week the country’s General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) has signed a total of 27 cooperation agreements with the Ministry of Justice and 11 autonomous communities with jurisdiction in this area, including Catalonia, aimed at promoting mediation as an alternative or complement to the judicial process. ‘'In fact, Catalonia had already been cooperating with the CGPJ since 1998, as had the Basque Country since 2007, with very good results. The trend was thus expanded to include the rest of the autonomous communities, which increasingly see mediation as an effective resource for solving a variety of problems that is also an alternative to the courts. Mediation makes it possible to the optimize time, money and energy spent. It is flexible, can be adapted to different people’s needs, and offers the guarantee of a neutral, impartial and expert mediator to steer the process and encourage understanding between the parties’, explains Javier Wilhelm, co-director of the Master in Mediation offered by UPF-IDEC.