Mediation is a private dispute resolution process, where parties agree to refer their dispute to a neutral third party (i.e. the mediator). The mediator will assist parties to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
During mediation, the mediator will listen as parties explain the issues in conflict. Through joint or private sessions, the mediator will define the issues, clarify parties’ positions and interests, explore the available options, and guide parties towards coming up with their own solutions.
The mediator is not an arbiter or an Assessor; he/she does not make any decision on behalf of the parties. It is for the parties to explore and settle on an amicable resolution, with the assistance of the mediator.
A settlement agreement entered into by parties during the mediation is binding, and can subsequently be enforced in court.
Benefits of Mediation under the MinLaw COVID-19 (Wedding) Mediation Programme ('MCMP')
- Cost Effective: Mediation under the MCMP is free.
- Time Effective: A mediation session will generally last about 2 hours.
- Control over Outcomes: The mediator will assist parties to develop their own solution. Each party is directly involved in negotiating the outcome, and no settlement will be imposed on the parties. Parties have the flexibility of coming up with solutions that suit them.
- Private and Confidential: Mediation sessions are private and confidential. All matters discussed during the mediation can only be disclosed with the consent of the other party.
- Preservation of Relationships: Mediation assists in helping parties settle their disputes amicably.