The Nevis Mediation Center will be dedicated in a public ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. at the GMBC Building on Government Road in Charlestown.

When it is operational, the mediation center will work as an alternative to civil courts in some matters, including family issues and simple disputes.

The use of a mediation center in the judicial system holds down legal fees for all parties involved and lessens the workload of the civil courts.