Italian Lawyers Mull Second Strike Over Mandatory Mediation

May 24, 2011

Italian litigators from the union known as Organismo Unitario dell’Avvocatura Italiana had a two day strike shutting down the country’s courts for two days in March over a law compelling clients to mediate their disputes. On observer noted that the first strike had little effect because “Last time most of the lawyers sat in their offices but refused to go to court. “The Italian lawyers have called for a second strike.

One must ask, “what’s the big deal?” The law simply requires disputants to sit down with a third party neutral to try to craft a negotiated resolution. One commentator suggests, “Mandatory mediation (though anathema to most mediators) hardly seems cause for a mass walk-out by the practitioners of justice in Italy’s sunny climes.”

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