Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Brazilian Court Trains Clergy As Mediators

Religion News Service reports on an experimental mediation program instituted by the courts in the Brazilian state of Goias.  In a program called "Mediar e Divino" ("To Mediate is Divine"), the court is training evangelical pastors, Catholic priests and Protestant ministers to mediate in family law cases and disputes among neighbors. Brazilian courts face massive backlogs of cases.  In Goias state alone, 800,000 new cases were filed last year.