A Ministry of Justice official has won an award for his work developing the use of mediation.
Civil Justice Transformation manager Jeremy Tagg was presented with the Lord Slynn Mediation Prize by Minister Jonathan Djanogly and Sir Henry Brooke, Chair of the Civil Mediation Council, in London.
Jeremy, who has been part of the team leading a drive to see more disputes settled out of court, said the award was recognition for all the work done by his colleagues both at MoJ and Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS).
He was picked as winner for his role in the development of both the National Mediation Helpline (NMH) and the HMCS Small Claims Mediation Services (SCMS).
Jonathan Djanogly said: 'As a government we want to encourage people in disputes, in both civil and family issues, to play a greater role in resolving them themselves.
'I congratulate Jeremy for the part he has played in putting mediation on the map. We’re very proud that this prize has been won by someone from the Ministry.'
This latest award follows a string of accolades for the MoJ’s Dispute Resolution Team. The National Mediation Helpline won the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) public sector prize in 2006, while the Small Claims Mediation Service scooped the same honour in 2008 along with the European Crystal Scales of Justice award.
The SCMS has conducted more than 10,000 mediations in each of the past two years and continues to receive exceptionally high levels of customer satisfaction – 98 per cent of users say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the professionalism and helpfulness of the mediators and 95 per cent say they would use the service again.