304. Referral to mediation

(1) In accordance with the relevant practice direction, a dispute may be referred to court-annexed mediation:
(a) voluntarily by all parties to the dispute prior to or after commencement of proceedings; or
(b) by an order of the Court.
(2) The Court will expect the parties to have considered whether mediation might enable the settlement of the dispute prior to the commencement of proceedings. Parties should continue to consider the possibility of reaching a settlement at all times, including after commencement of proceedings.