n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Mediation and me - why is it important to use accredited mediation? : regulars

Volume 109, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


Private mediation has been around for many years. Private persons can decide to settle their disputes out of court in any manner they wish and the Minister of Justice may not interfere in their private dealings. Parties participating in private mediation normally agree to the process, appoint their own mediator, whom they find acceptable, and agree to the model they choose to follow. Participation in this process is voluntary and they may withdraw from the process at any stage. The mediator may also withdraw from the matter if necessary. Should they reach agreement on their disputes, they may have the settlement made into an order of court, which is as binding on the parties as it would be if the matter had been decided by a court of law from the beginning.

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