David Cormack, Barrister

ADR & RJ Practices

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) & Restorative Justice Practices

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Restorative Justice (RJ) practices are broad terms given to a number of processes, which work toward resolving a dispute, grievance or harm caused, without a judicial determination.

ADR is now common and various laws require a form of ADR prior to commencing court proceedings or for the courts to order a form of ADR before the trial. ADR involves a practitioner who is engaged by the parties to undertake a specified role to assist in the process, including mediation.

RJ practices have a special application where the emphasis is on relationships. It is achieved by bringing about a sense of the awareness of the harm caused to the relationship and promoting accountability and responsibility for the harm caused by expressions of remorse and forgiveness. Similarly, the process is designed to avoid court or to resolve conflict or court processes. Useful applications include employment conflict and culturally toxic workplaces.

An example of a more radical application of RJ is the Sycamore Tree Project (STP) where prisoners meet crime survivors on the journey of remorse, restitution and forgiveness. I volunteer for STP in its Queensland work –  Sycamore Voices. Listen and watch their stories.

More Chambes Conference Room

If you wish to:

  • maintain relationships whether personal, work or commercial;
  • repair relationships;
  • avoid or reduce litigation or court processes;
  • avoid or reduce delay;
  • avoid or reduce legal and other costs;
  • avoid the risks of litigation and going to court;
  • comply with legislative or court requirements;

ADR or RJ practices might be suitable and inquiries are welcomed:

  • Telephone: (07) 3211-2393
  • Mobile: 0412-889-108
  • Fax: (07) 3236-2720

ADR and RJ rooms, conference & teleconference facilities are located at:

More Chambers
Level 28 East, Santos Place
32 Turbot Street

Parking & Transport

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If disabled parking is required, advance notice is required to make suitable arrangements with Santos Place. Otherwise, paid parking is available within a short walk:

  • Secure Parking – 40 Tank Street
  • Brisbane City Council – King George Square Car Park
  • Brisbane Transit Centre – Roma Street

Public transport is available at the Roma Street station and busway or alternatively the King George Square busway or Queen Street busway.

Subject to paragraphs 15, 17 and 24B of the Bar Association of Queensland Barristers’ Conduct Rules 2011 I accept direct briefs in relation to ADR processes and RJ practices.

Liability limited by a Scheme approved under professional standards legislation