Guidelines for Parties in Mediations
16 May 2019
The Law Council of Australia has developed these guidelines to provide practical and ethical guidance to parties engaged in mediation. The guidelines are intended to apply to all types of mediation. Professional and other bodies may have different requirements.
Some types of disputes may be subject to specific legal requirements. These guidelines draw on existing guidelines and literature aimed at facilitating a productive mediation process and maximising the potential for a satisfactory outcome. The purpose of the guidelines is:
- to inform discussion between legal practitioners, parties and participants throughout the mediation process;
- to serve as a guide for the conduct of participants;
- to inform parties of what to expect at a mediation and to inform parties of the role of mediators and legal representatives; and
- to explain the rights and responsibilities of participants.
It is expected that these guidelines will be reviewed from time to time.