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Mediation is another way of solving a problem. At mediation, you and the other party, with the help of a neutral person called a 'mediator', try to settle the dispute.
If you were involved in a car accident, you can try mediation to settle the dispute with the other party or their insurer without going to court.
The mediator can help you and the other party talk to each other and come up with solutions. A mediator will not take sides and cannot give you legal advice.
If you come to an agreement, you can put it in writing and you can agree to make it legally binding.
Community Justice Centres (CJCs) provide free mediation services in NSW. The staff can tell you if your situation is suitable for mediation. The staff will then contact the other person and encourage them to participate in a mediation session. You can find contact details on the Community Justice Centres website.
For more information, see the Mediation section of the Legal skills topic.
If you are able to reach an agreement about who was at fault, how much damage was caused or when payment will be made, you can write down what has been agreed.
If you and the other party agree to make the agreement legally binding, you can write down what has been agreed as 'terms of settlement'. For more information, see Put it in writing.