The Equa Grading System for Neutrals.
The criteria for assigning the ADR matters.
The Equa Grading of Neutrals
Equa creates industry benchmarks of quality standards in prevention, management and resolution of disputes.
Equa is a self-regulating body operating under its bylaws; Members of Equa who act as Neutrals or dispute resolvers undergo continuous skill development of the art and science of dispute resolution techniques that become benchmark of Industry.
Panel members are regularly reassessed on their dispute resolution and professional skills on the basis of a feedback and rating system that the users and peers provide. This ensures a strong commitment towards delivering success to parties in dispute.
All members are bound by the code of ethics and operational excellence along with other professional and procedural standards.
The minimum eligibility
Grade A Arbitrators
Eminent persons in the relevant field like retired Judges, Senior Advocates, Retitired government officials.
Grade B Arbitrators
The neutrals having 10 years or more experience
Grade A Mediators
Eminent person ni the relecant field like retired Judges, Senior Advocates, Retitired government officials.
Grade B Mediators
The neutrals having 10 years or more experience
Grade C Mediators
The graduates having 3 minimum 3 years of experience in the relevant field.
The grading of neutrals and mediators involves evaluating their performance, skills, and qualifications to determine their proficiency and effectiveness in providing dispute resolution services. Here is a description of the grading process and its significance:
Evaluation Criteria: The grading of neutrals and mediators typically involves assessing various factors, including their training, education, experience, knowledge of relevant laws or industries, communication skills, neutrality, impartiality, cultural sensitivity, ethical conduct, and adherence to professional standards. Evaluation criteria may vary depending on the jurisdiction, organization, or certification program.
Peer Review: Grading often involves input from peers and colleagues within the dispute resolution community. This can include feedback, references, or recommendations from other neutrals, attorneys, or parties who have worked with the mediator or neutral in previous cases. Peer review helps provide a comprehensive assessment of the individual's abilities and reputation within the field.
Performance Evaluation: Some grading systems incorporate performance evaluations based on observations of the mediator or neutral during actual mediation sessions. This can be done through video recordings, live observations, or feedback from parties involved in the mediation. Performance evaluations provide insights into the mediator's effectiveness in facilitating communication, managing emotions, and guiding parties towards resolution.
Examination or Assessment: Grading may involve written examinations or assessments to evaluate the mediator's understanding of mediation theory, principles, techniques, and applicable laws. These assessments can test the mediator's knowledge, analytical skills, and ability to apply mediation concepts in practical scenarios.
Feedback from Parties: Feedback from parties involved in the mediation process can be valuable in grading neutrals and mediators. Parties may be asked to provide feedback on their experience with the mediator, assessing factors such as the mediator's professionalism, neutrality, understanding of the issues, ability to facilitate communication, and overall effectiveness in helping them reach a resolution.
Certification or Accreditation: Grading can lead to certification or accreditation, indicating that the neutral or mediator has met specific standards and demonstrated a certain level of competence in the field. Certification programs often have established criteria for grading and require mediators to meet certain benchmarks to obtain or maintain their certification.
Different Levels of Grading: Grading systems may have multiple levels or tiers to reflect different levels of expertise and experience. This allows parties seeking mediation services to identify mediators with the appropriate skill level for their specific case. Higher grades or tiers may indicate more extensive training, experience, and specialization in certain areas of mediation.
Importance of Grading: Grading neutrals and mediators serves several purposes. It helps parties seeking mediation services to identify competent and qualified professionals. It provides a benchmark for neutrals and mediators to assess their own performance, identify areas for improvement, and pursue ongoing professional development. Grading also contributes to maintaining the integrity and credibility of the mediation field by ensuring that mediators adhere to ethical standards and provide quality services.
Continued Monitoring and Review: Grading is not a one-time process but rather an ongoing evaluation of mediators and neutrals. It may involve periodic re-evaluation to ensure that mediators maintain their skills, knowledge, and ethical standards over time. This ongoing monitoring and review process help maintain the quality and effectiveness of the mediation profession.
Professional Growth and Recognition: Achieving a higher grade or certification in mediation can be a source of professional pride and recognition. It demonstrates a mediator's commitment to continuous improvement, professionalism, and excellence in the field. It can also open doors to more challenging and high-profile mediation opportunities.
Grading of neutrals and mediators plays a vital role in ensuring the competence, professionalism, and effectiveness of dispute resolution professionals. It helps parties make informed decisions when selecting a mediator and encourages mediators to strive for excellence in their practice.
Equa.Law maintains stringent accreditation norms for creating high standards of professionalism among its Neutrals, including arbitrators and mediators and for maintaining a common pool of Neutrals comprising of mediators and arbitrators from different jurisdictions, which will be available in all ADR institutions who are members of Equa.Law.
Equa.Law Accreditation is based on the respective Experience Qualification Path (EQP) or the Qualifying Assessment Programs (QAP). Equa.Law Neutrals are also bound by the Equa.Law Neutrals Code of Professional Conduct, which provides users of ADR services from Equa.Law with a concise statement of professional and ethical standards they can expect from Equa.Law Neutrals and sets standards that the Neutrals are expected to meet. Users who believe the standards established in this Code have not been met, may prefer a complaint to Equa.Law Accreditation & Disciplinary Committee as per the Equa.Law Neutrals Conduct Assessment Process.
Equa.Law Accreditation Programs:
Equa.Law EQPs or QAPs are formed to accredit Neutrals at high standards of professionalism and to control and maintain the dignity, decorum, ethics, rules and code of conduct of Arbitrators and Mediators, and for the purpose frame rules, regulations and bye-laws and to amend, vary or rescind any rule/ regulation/ bye-law from time to time.
The Equa.Law Accreditation and QAP’s will be accessible on equal basis to all mediators and arbitrators regardless of their professional affiliations, gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation or other personal characterization. The accreditation will be purely based on evaluation under the respective EQP or QAP.