About Us - Dispute Resolution Centre | Serving The Caribbean

What is the Dispute Resolution Centre?

T he Dispute Resolution Centre Trinidad and Tobago, (the Centre) was initially developed by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and officially launched on August 24, 1996, by the Honourable Chief Justice, Michael de la Bastide. The Centre, however, is a completely autonomous and neutral organisation, administered by its own Board of Directors.


To be the provider of choice for “Out-of-Court” dispute resolution services based on the highest standards of Integrity, Trust and Service Excellence.


  • To deliver creative, out-of-court dispute resolution approaches in an independent, ethical, timely, confidential and cost-effective manner.

  • To provide a trusted cadre of dedicated and experienced mediators, arbitrators and other neutral professionals, facilitators, and support resources, committed to delivering high-quality innovative approaches to mediation, arbitration and other modes of dispute resolution, complemented by advanced training and outreach programs.

  • Objectives

  • To service local and international dispute resolution needs in commercial and non-commercial sectors;
  • To collaborate with the legal fraternity and other relevant industry organisations;
  • To train and empower clients to resolve disputes;
  • To foster widespread awareness and adoption of alternative dispute resolution approaches within communities locally, regionally and internationally.
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    We are dedicated

    T he Trinidad and Tobago Dispute Resolution Centre is dedicated to promoting an environment in which people are encouraged to work together to find alternative means of resolving conflict.

    We achieve this through:
  • Education to broaden the awareness of ADR.
  • Developing and maintaining a strong cadre of qualified and experienced facilitators in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and related areas.
  • Providing mediation and arbitration services.
  • Providing consultancy services in the design and implementation of ADR and related systems and procedures.
  • Offering training programmes of the highest quality in all aspects of ADR and peripheral topics.

  • T he Dispute Resolution Centre was the first private organisation to be certified as a Mediation Agency with the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago and our Mediators are certified by the Board. In 2010, through a joint initiative with the Judiciary, the Centre became an innovator of Court-Annexed Mediation which was spearheaded by the Honourable Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

    This groundbreaking initiative resulted in quick, cost-effective mediations with a 60% success rate!

    We match these mediators to cases where their special experience and expertise are most relevant. The Centre can provide full administrative support for all matters referred to mediation, including secretarial, accommodation and housekeeping services. Disputes may be referred at any stage, before or after the commencement of legal proceedings.

    The Centre recommends the incorporation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) clauses into all contracts.

    The Centre is experienced in mediating the following types of claims:
  • Contract
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Personal Injury
  • Negligence
  • Sports
  • Family
  • Libel/Defamation
  • Land and Estate
  • Landlord /Tenant
  • Intellectual Property
  • Industrial Relations
  • Employment
  • Debt Recovery
  • Nuisance