Mediation has experienced significant growth in stature and practical application in Barbados, since its conception in the rules of 2000. It is becoming a household word in the region, and mediators are working to improve their vocational skills and social reach. They are also securing their independence by forming associations and pursuing their own opportunities.
A particular focus for the development of mediation in the Eastern Caribbean is the large numbers of cases that emanate from rural districts, such as in Saint Lucia, where disputes have often occurred surrounding the ownership and use of ancestral land. These disputes historically represent a high number of civil cases, resulting in a large percentage of the overall caseload of the courts.