The mediation movement in Singapore was actively revived in the 1990s. Currently, mediation is not only used for private disputes but forms an integral part of the Singapore legal system. It is widely used as a mechanism of dispute resolution in courts, government departments, businesses and other specific industries.
There are two main categories of mediation practice in Singapore: court-based mediation and private mediation.
The main organisations used for mediation are Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI).
Where parties agree to mediation in the event of a dispute, the mediation will be handled by the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) in accordance with SMC’s Mediation Procedure. Any type of civil dispute can be mediated. There is no limit to the type of dispute that can be mediated at SMC, nor any upper limit on the quantum in dispute. The SMC has facilitated the mediation of disputes in a range of commercial areas – including banking, construction, healthcare, employment, information technology, insurance, partnership, shipping and tenancy disputes.
Your lawyer can advise you either on how you can mediate or to represent you in any mediation hearing.
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