The Alternative Resolution Centre of Botswana (ARCB) was launched on November 25 to help deal with the backlog of civil cases. The director of the centre Rebaone Mmereki said they have launched the centre use to give the citizens of Botswana quicker access to justice and help quicken the rate of case dispensation in the courts. Mediation and arbitration are used to resolve cases under this dispensation. In the context of negotiation, an arbitrator will be duly appointed to help resolve a dispute and give judgement. The pool of arbitrators will be drawn from an array of legal academic experts. He believes investor confidence can also be boosted because of matters being resolved quickly and efficiently.
Former Ambassador of Botswana to the United States of America Tebelelo Seretse, who is also a retired law professional, said that she is very happy about the launching of the centre because she believes that it was long overdue. She said one of the problems with colonisation is that it forces people to throw away even the good things. “Dispute resolution has always been used, and a centre like this will be so helpful,” she said. According to Seretse the pride of the nation is on two things, which are the freedom of justice and the freedom of press, because these two can either break or make a nation. She said there should be evident separation in the legislative, judicial and executive in order to show that freedom prevails.
Industrial Court Judge President Justice Maruping said mediation in particular will allow for parties to reach a resolution by their own efforts because that is the method that has always been used by chiefs to mediate. He also referred to this as just a stop further to formalising the mandate. “This will assist in resolution of cases through the use of lawyers and retired judges, “he said. He said as the judicial system they are very supportive and want to see the centre grow.