Mediation Law, Process and Organizations in Singapore

Dec 13th 2014 at 1:58 AM

There are many mediation laws in Singapore to help resolve not only family disputes but other kinds of disputes as well. Mediation has been integrated as a part of the legal system of Singapore. Mediation has been introduced as a voluntarily processes that helps solve disputes between two or more parties, individuals or businesses in a confidential and discreet manner. Mediation is not compulsory nor does its outcome hold any legal obligations, but still it is view as a precursory step to settling disputes in courts.


During mediation, all parties who are involved sit to speak out and present their view point. All this is done during pre-planned sessions and in front of a mediator. The mediator is a neutral person who is there to supervise the entire process and guide the involved parties along the way in making best decisions during the mediation process.


Mediation Laws and Organizations in Singapore

In Singapore, mediation is carried out by courts and private mediation services. Courts are involved in mediation when the disputing sides have commenced litigation proceedings, and subordinate courts are used for the mediation. Such mediations are coordinated by the Primary Dispute Mediation Centre (PDRC). Private mediation, which is done when the disputing parties themselves opt for the process, is carried out under law by the Singapore mediation centre (SMC).


The Singapore Mediation Centre was established as a result of the enactment of the Community Mediation Centres Act. It is a non-profit organization and is recognized by the Singapore Academy of Law. It promotes the use of mediation as a viable process to resolve disputes.


Confidentiality of the Mediation Process

Mediation is a confidential process where parties can discreetly solve their issues without letting it slip out in the public domain. This is both useful for high-profile families and businesses who do not want to harm their reputation and image. There are two levels of confidentiality as well.


The first one is where the entire mediation process is conducted in secrecy so that no party, except those who are involved and the mediator, gets to know about the entire process. The second level is where all the issues raised during the mediation session are to remain confidential and not to be used outside for any purposes.


Laws That Enforce Confidentially For Mediation in Singapore

There are many provisions within Singapore law that enforce the confidential nature of the mediation process. Examples of such provisions can be found under sections 19 and 20 of the Community Mediation Centres Act (CAP 49A), sections 49(5) and 50(4) of the Women’s Charter (Cap 353) and section 23 of the Evidence Act (Cap 97).


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