COVID-19 MEDIATION PRACTICES AS AT 24 MARCH 2020
In light of the worsening COVID-19 situation, I currently have the following options for mediation available, provided it remains safe to meet in person:
- both parties attend the mediation in person,
- one party attend the mediation in person and the other party by video conferencing, or
- both parties attend by video conferencing.
If you are unable to attend in person or if you prefer not to, we have the capacity to conduct your mediation via video conferencing with Zoom. It allows crystal-clear, face-to-face video, high quality screen sharing, instant messaging and computer program sharing. It provides flexibility in allowing all parties to interface at the one time or any combination of face-to-face discussion. It is very user friendly and can be accessed via a free app on an iPhone, iPad or via Microsoft on a computer.
However, if the government imposes a lock down, or if the COVID-19 virus spreads more widely, then the remote option will be our only choice. Zoom will be more than adequate should this occur.
For face -to-face mediations, social distancing rules and any other restrictions that may be imposed by Federal or State governments or the mediation venues will apply. Importantly, if any party has returned from overseas in the previous 30 days or if they have any symptoms such as fever (37.5 degree or higher), sore throat, coughing, gastro or aches and pains they will not be able to attend the mediation in person.
Mediation Rooms: Inns of Court, Queensland Law Society and French Quarter have all advised that they are complying to all health regulation requirements as advised by Government health authorities. We must observe all requests and directives as advised by the mediation rooms.
We will continue to monitor the situation, review our procedures accordingly and keep you informed if there are any changes.
Thank you for your support and understanding during these difficult times.