Mediation is an informal dispute resolution process brought before an independent, neutral third-party mediator. Parties may choose their own mediator.
Mediation gives the parties the opportunity to discuss their issues, clear up misunderstandings, and find areas of agreement or narrow issues rather than proceeding with a lawsuit. Mediation is voluntary, and typically the mediator has no authority to make a binding decision unless both parties agree.
The State Courts conduct mediation sessions (also called “Court Dispute Resolution”) as part of their case management process for a small fee for civil matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the State Courts. For matters involving sums above $250,000.00 or outside the jurisdiction of the State Courts, parties who agree on mediation may use the services of the Singapore Mediation Centre for mediation, with fees payable by both sides at standard rates commensurate with the size of the claim.
If you are considering using mediation as a method of dispute resolution, contact us and we can help you.