Sometimes a third independent person can resolve dispute. Mediation is the first step to eradicate or reduce your dispute by consulting with a professional trained mediator.
- Courts actively encourage mediation.
- Mediation is voluntary. However, refusal to mediate could mean that courts might award costs against you.
- You can have mediation at any stage before or during court proceedings.
- Your legal rights are unaffected. This means that if you can’t reach an agreement, you can still revert to court proceedings.
- Mediation is confidential and 'without prejudice'. That means that nothing said in the mediation is admissible as evidence in legal proceedings.
- Any settlement reached is legally binding once put into writing and signed by the parties.