Ministry of Justice

Dispute Resolution Office

The Dispute Resolution Office (DRO) develops and promotes non-adversarial dispute resolution options within the justice system. The office provides policy advice on the use of dispute resolution options to courts, government ministries, government agencies, boards and commissions, and treaty tables. It also designs and implements dispute resolution processes and systems in the courts, and elsewhere in government. The DRO Web site features information and links on various dispute resolution topics, including bulletins on when to mediate, selecting a mediator and collaborative law. The Web site also describes DRO programs and initiatives, including the Court Mediation Program and the Notice to Mediate.

Programs and Initiatives
  • The DRO developed and implemented the Notice to Mediate, where one party to a Supreme Court action can compel the other parties to attend a mediation session before going to court.
  • The DRO developed new Provincial Court (Family) Rules which give parties in a family dispute a range of settlement opportunities.
  • The DRO worked with the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. to produce four volumes of instructive material on various aspects of dispute resolution. "The Dispute Resolution Series" is designed to raise awareness and support alternative dispute resolution training in the fields of law and public policy.
  • The DRO worked with community-based organizations to implement a mediation program in Small Claims Court, the Court Mediation Program, and to establish the BC Mediator Roster, a central roster of trained and experienced mediators.
  • The DRO works with the Ministry of Child and Family Development on dispute resolution processes intended to divert child protection cases from the courts