Felicity Steadman has been appointed by CEDR as a mediator in The Court of Appeal in the UK. The Court sits in London at the Royal Courts of Justice. It consists of two divisions:
- The Civil Division, which hears appeals from:
- the three divisions of the High Court (Chancery, Queen's Bench and Family Division)
- the County Courts across England and Wales,
- certain Tribunals such as the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, the Lands Tribunal and the Social Security Commissioners.
- The Criminal Division, which hears appeals from the Crown Court.
The Court of Appeal is the highest court within the Senior Courts, which also includes the High Court and Crown Court. The Court of Appeal normally sits in up to 12 courts in the Royal Courts of Justice.
The Court of Appeal launched a pilot scheme in 2012 to encourage the mediation of cases referred to the Court. Mediation in the Court of Appeal applies to all personal injury and contract claims up to the value of £100,000 (£250k from April 2013) for which permission to appeal is sought and obtained (or adjourned). Unless a judge exceptionally directs otherwise, these cases are automatically referred to CEDR who administer a voluntary mediation service on the Courts behalf.