Mediation: a way to work it out

The difference between mediation and court

Mediation is a way to resolve disputes without going to court.

When you use mediation, you remain in control of the outcome, rather than a judge.

Mediation is:

  • cheaper and faster - legal proceedings can be costly and take years
  • flexible - times and places can be arranged to suit everyone involved
  • confidential - courtrooms are open to the public
  • positive - builds on existing relationships and is future focused.

Mediation does not follow the same rules of evidence and procedure as court.

You decide what is important to discuss, and your agreement can cover a wider range of issues and solutions.

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Last updated: 30 November 2021

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