If they both mutually agree, the parties to a legal dispute can begin a mediation process even though their legal dispute was brought before the courts. However, the mediation has not the effect of suspending or interrupting the time limits for contentious proceeding.
In case of success of mediation, the parties can withdraw their judicial demand and have recognized by the court the agreement intervened between them through mediation.
In case of failure of mediation, the information which has been exchanged during the process cannot be used as evidence throughout the court proceedings. Mediation service contracts contain a confidentiality clause to that effect.
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