ADR Appointment Services


If you can't agree on the choice of mediator, arbitrator or expert, the Victorian Bar offers a free and independent appointment service.

Disputing parties and their advisers often agree that a barrister is the ideal choice to help resolve a dispute out of court, but cannot agree on the selection of an individual practitioner.

The Victorian Bar provides appointment services by which an independent mediator, arbitrator or expert can be appointed to resolve a dispute.

For more information about mediation and answers to common questions, please visit the Victorian Bar mediation page here.

THE VICTORIAN BAR EXPEDITED MEDIATION SCHEME & COURT PROTOCOLS

The Expedited Mediation Scheme

Parties seeking a mediator to settle a dispute, or those where an order for mediation has been made by the Courts, can access the Victorian Bar’s Expedited Mediation Scheme. Where parties are unable to agree on a mediator, they can apply through the scheme for an expedited mediation conducted by a Victorian Bar nationally accredited mediator, appointed by the President of the Victorian Bar.

Mediation must commence within 30 days of appointment of a mediator unless extended by the parties or the Court.

The Expedited Mediation Scheme can be used for any type of dispute or proceeding.

More information about the Victorian Bar’s Expedited Mediation Scheme is here.

If you wish to access the scheme, please contact mediation@vicbar.com.au.

Protocols for Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia mediations

The Victorian Bar also has specific Expedited Mediation Scheme protocols in place with the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court for Family Law Property, Commercial Panel and Industrial (Fair Work Division) proceedings.

The protocols allow for the parties to appoint a mediator of their own choice within 7 days of an order being made for mediation. If the parties do not appoint a mediator within 7 days, or if they choose to use the Scheme, a nationally accredited barrister mediator will be nominated by the President of the Victorian Bar.

If the Court makes an order referring a proceeding to mediation, the process and expedited timeframes for nomination of a mediator and conduct of the mediation are those contained in the Scheme and Protocols for the relevant division below. The protocols expressly provide for online or in person mediation services.

The Victorian Bar Expedited Mediation Scheme – Protocol for Family Law Property proceedings is here.

  • A list of Victorian Bar Nationally Accredited Mediators for Family Law Property disputes with experience in remote mediations is here.

The Victorian Bar Expedited Mediation Scheme – Protocol for Commercial Panel proceedings is here.

  • A list of Victorian Bar Nationally Accredited Mediators for Commercial Panel disputes with experience in remote mediations is here.

The Victorian Bar Expedited Mediation Scheme – Protocol for Industrial (Fair Work Division) proceedings is here.

  • A list of Victorian Bar Nationally Accredited Mediators for Industrial (Fair Work Division) disputes with experience in remote mediations is here.

For more information about the Expedited Mediation Scheme and Protocols please email mediation@vicbar.com.au.

More information about mediations in the Federal Circuit Court can be found on the Court’s website here.

 

THE VICTORIAN BAR COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION APPOINTMENT SERVICE

The Victorian Bar offers a service to the legal profession and the public for the independent appointment of barristers as commercial arbitrators.

The Commercial Arbitration Appointment Service provides for the President of the Victorian Bar to appoint an arbitrator (or arbitrators, if requested) on behalf of the parties where they are unable to agree on an individual. If the arbitration agreement specifies a different appointing body, the parties can wish to amend their arbitration agreement to specify the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Arbitration Appointment Service.

Read more about the Service here.

Please contact vicbar@vicbar.com.au for enquiries.

 

THE VICTORIAN BAR EXPERT DETERMINATION APPOINTMENT SERVICE

The Victorian Bar offers a service to the legal profession and the public for the independent appointment of expert determiners.

The Expert Determination Appointment Service provides for the President of the Victorian Bar to appoint an expert determiner on behalf of the parties where they are unable to agree on an individual. The parties may make an application to the President of the Victorian Bar who will make an appointment of a member of the Bar who possesses expertise in the relevant field. In making the application, the parties must agree to be bound by the appointment made by the President.

Please contact vicbar@vicbar.com.au for enquiries.