Criminal mediation is one of the orders a magistrate can make upon receiving a Magistrate's Complaint.
Mediation aims to help the complainant and respondent resolve their dispute. A neutral mediator will facilitate negotiations between the parties to help them find their own solutions.
The court will issue a notice to the complainant and respondent with the date, time and venue of the mediation.
If the complainant does not attend, the magistrate may dismiss the complaint.
If the respondent does not attend, the case will be referred back to the magistrate who will give further directions. The respondent's failure to attend mediation will be taken into account.
If both parties reach an agreement, they may sign a settlement agreement and the complaint will be closed.
If both parties do not reach an agreement, one of the following can happen:
The mediation session may be conducted by one of the following centres: