Settling disputes out of court

Before you go through the courts system, it’s worth trying to resolve your dispute directly with the other party.

If this is not possible, you could consider one of the alternative dispute resolution methods provided by the Dispute Resolution Branch, including conflict coaching, mediation and more, depending on the nature of your dispute.

Most services are provided free of charge.

Mediators from the Dispute Resolution Branch are trained and accredited to help people resolve disputes.

Important note

If your dispute relates to domestic and family violence, please see our section on this particular issue, including support services and protection orders.