THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The National Centre for Dispute Resolution (NCDR), an initiative of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, was commissioned by Cabinet in 2012 in the Ministry of Legal Affairs to promote and consolidate Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on a national scale. The Centre is mandated to provide ADR practices and processes within all offices of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago by devising a policy and overarching legislation to guide the implementation of ADR.
The National Centre for Dispute Resolution will serve as a central resource within Government providing co-ordination and implementation of ADR policies, processes, providing training, consultation, resource materials and neutral third-party services in dispute resolution to Ministries, Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Corporations.
The NCDR is located at 4th Floor, Registration House, 72-74 South Quay, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
To create a calm and stress-free work environment for public servants by advising and providing effective ADR methods, designing and implementing effective conflict management systems to manage and resolve disputes in a timely manner and training public servants with the necessary skills to manage conflict.The NCDR will implement the following measures in furtherance of our objective:
- Advise on a continuum of dispute resolution options to resolve disputes in cases where Ministry counsel act for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago or for a client Ministry
- Incorporate alternative dispute resolution options into contracts prepared for all Ministries and encourage the use of such options in contracts drafted for client Ministries
- Develop a Ministry organisational structure capable of co-ordinating consultation with non-governmental dispute resolution agencies, stakeholders and the community
- Participate in inter-ministry and intergovernmental alternative dispute resolution initiatives
- Research, analyse and evaluate alternative dispute resolution issues to inform and prioritise Ministry policy, programme initiatives and decisions
- Implementation of organisational and administrative structures within the Ministries/Agencies for the purpose of minimising and/or resolving conflict
- Recognise and support community-based dispute resolution practices
- Support educational processes designed to increase the awareness of ADR options and the circumstances in which they are appropriate for the Government, the legal profession and the public
The NCDR aims to develop an ADR policy to broaden and encourage the application of dispute resolution options through:
- Continuing consultation with dispute resolution stakeholders and advocates
- Promoting the use of ADR options among all Ministries and Agencies of Government
- Promoting the use of ADR techniques in neighbourhood or community disputes
- Identifying and removing barriers to the understanding and use of ADR options.