Court annexed mediation was a free mediation programme using judges as mediators to help the disputing parties in a litigation find a solution. This service was provided by the judiciary as an alternative to a trial, which was a win-lose proposition.
By having to undergo the meditation session under the court authority, parties would have no option but to make good use of the time allocated and try to communicate and break down the barriers between them.
If mediation was successful, parties could avoid the stress of trial and save cost and time while keeping valuable personal or commercial relationships intact.
Even if a case was not settled by mediation, the mediator could at least help the parties to communicate to find a partial solution or agreement to reduce the number of issues that needed to be resolved in court, thus saving time and expense.
The mediation session was flexible and any settlement reached by the parties became a judgment of the court.