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Rwanda: Supreme Court certifies nearly 100 graduates in mediation practice

Rwanda: Supreme Court certifies nearly 100 graduates in mediation practice

The Rwanda Supreme Court, on Wednesday, July 6, certified 96 graduates who successfully completed a 6-month course in professional mediation.

Locally known as Abahuza, the role of mediators is to foster alternative dispute resolution through facilitating voluntary settlement of a case out of court.

To be Umuhuza (or a professional mediator), you must possess a bachelors’ degree in any field.

In total, Rwanda has 165 professional mediators to date who secured Chief Justice’s approval to start practising.

Some 250 others have also attended the mandatory 6-month course in mediation but they’ve yet to receive the green light from the Chief Justice authorising them to practise, or have not sought it.

Apart from cases that are criminal in nature, Abahuza can facilitate resolution of any case regardless of the amount involved.

This is contrary to Abunzi (community-based conciliators) that cannot adjudicate cases whose value exceed Frw3 million. There are a total of 17, 941 Abunzi countrywide.

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