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A confidential process where parties try to resolve a dispute with the help of a trained, impartial person. Mediation provides an alternative to a Court imposed decision at hearing or arbitration.

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Except at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, defended civil matters less than $40,000 are referred to the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) for . The service is quick and cost free. See the DSCV website for more information. 

Mediation at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court

When a is filed, the dispute may be referred to mediation. Parties are notified in writing that mediation is proposed, and, if there are no issues raised, a mediation order will be made. Within 14 days after the mediation order, the parties must nominate a mediator and inform the court. The parties should agree:

  • on the mediator
  • when mediation will take place 
  • on sharing payment of any mediation fees – if applicable. 

The mediator must be an acceptable mediator, e.g. a of the court, a nationally accredited mediator, or a mediator from the DSCV. Fees may apply.

The Magistrates’ Court has published a list of approved, nationally accredited mediators. The list is called the Single List of External Mediators - SLEM

Some biographies and contact details of SLEM mediators from the Law Institute of Victoria can be found from the link below:

Where the parties cannot agree on a mediator, the Magistrates’ Court will select a mediator from the SLEM and appoint the day of mediation. Fees will apply.

Last updated on 14 Jan 2019