During mediation, parties explore the possibility of settling all or some of the issues involved in the appeal.
Mediation is a process during which parties try to come to an agreement with the help of an experienced OSET member. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. If you are interested in mediating, you should notify the OSET when you apply. Mediation will generally be scheduled before the pre-hearing conference.
There is no cost to the parties for mediation services provided by the OSET.
The chair appoints a member of the OSET to mediate. The member:
If mediation resolves all the issues of the appeal:
A consent order is an order that is agreed to by both parties. A party may request that the OSET issue a consent order when the parties have reached a settlement agreement or an agreed-upon statement of facts. The consent order includes only those parts of the agreement that are within the jurisdiction of the tribunal and are approved by the tribunal. Consent orders can be filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
If some matters are resolved, they are withdrawn from the appeal and the appeal proceeds to the pre- hearing. The list of resolved issues can be tabled at the hearing as a settlement agreement or an agreed-upon statement of facts. With the exception of this agreement, discussions that take place during mediation are confidential and cannot be presented to the panel at the hearing.
See also: Practice Direction: Mediation