The Mediation procedure involves parties discussing their disputes with the assistance of a trained impartial third person(s), the mediator, who assists the parties to reach a settlement.
Mediation may be arranged as an informal meeting among the parties or a scheduled settlement conference. The dispute may either be pending in a court or potentially a dispute which may be filed in court. Cases suitable for mediation are disputes in commercial transactions, personal injury, construction, labour, matrimonial finance, Foreign and community relations, or any other matters which a qualified mediator is willing to accept.
Attendance at the mediation conference is voluntary by the parties, except where governed by statute or a contract clause. It is optional whether parties use lawyers in mediation