Mediation instead of court
Mediation often works best if people try to resolve their dispute as soon as possible, before relationships break down completely. Starting a court case against someone can make them angry or frightened, and this can make them less likely to come to an agreement later.
That is why it is often a good idea to try mediation before going to court. Another thing to consider is that even if you start a case against someone in court, the court may order you to try mediation first before a magistrate or judge will consider your matter. This means it can be simpler to start with mediation instead of court in the first place.
Don't forget: the other big advantage is the
time and money you can save by avoiding court.
What is the difference between a CJC mediation and a court hearing?
|Free.||Court fees and lawyer fees.|
|No waiting lists.||May take weeks or months or years to finalise.|
|Confidential.||Open to the public.|
|The people involved decide what is discussed.||Only legal issues can be discussed.|
|The people involved make their own agreement. ||Decisions are imposed by the court, and enforced by the court.|
|It's not about winning or losing - the parties try to reach and agreement they can both live with.||There is a winner and a loser.|
|Does not require legal representation; legal advice may be helpful.||Generally requires legal representation.|