Alternative Dispute Resolution

A key feature of SAT is the provision of alternative methods of dispute resolution which include mediation and compulsory conferences.

SAT encourages parties to voluntarily use mediation and compulsory conference to resolve disputes.  A successful mediation or conference may result in the parties avoiding a formal, final hearing and determination of an application.  This means in turn that proceedings can be decided more quickly and at less cost.

Mediation and conferences are now used in many tribunals and courts.  Experience shows that by actively involving the parties in discussions and negotiations prior to a formal hearing, the proceedings can either be wholly resolved or the issues narrowed.

At SAT, mediation and compulsory conferences are used regularly and with considerable success.  Mediation and conferences are held on a confidential basis, no records are kept.

The mediator or conference convenor is a member of SAT who is specially trained to act in this role and usually brings special knowledge and experience to the proceedings. The mediator or convenor is independent of the parties and works hard to assist them in finding a solution to their problem.  The mediator or convenor will have no further involvement in a proceeding if the matter is not resolved at mediation, unless the parties agree otherwise and the mediator or convenor considers it appropriate to do so.

Last updated: 19-Dec-2013

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