In mediation, parties resolve the conflict together, under the guidance of an independent mediator. It is mainly used in civil law and public law. There are many advantages to this type of extra-judicial dispute resolution: a dispute will often be resolved more quickly than it would be if it went to court, mediation also tends to be cheaper, and it helps to maintain the relationship between the parties because they voluntarily try to find a solution.
The Dutch Mediators’ Federation (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland)
There are various registers of mediators in the Netherlands. The Dutch Mediators’ Federation (MfN) manages the Register of Mediators (previously known as the NMI Register). The MfN is the federation representing the largest mediators’ associations in the Netherlands. The MfN register contains only mediators who satisfy carefully considered quality standards. The Dutch government uses the MfN’s standards as the basis for the register of mediators who work under the legal aid system (register of the Legal Aid Board). The MfN site also contains independent information about mediation and mediators in the Netherlands.
ADR International Register
There is also the ADR International Register, where you can search for mediators and find information about subjects relating to mediation.
Information about mediation
The Netherlands has also introduced an initiative called ‘Mediation naast rechtspraak’ (Mediation alongside judicial proceedings). This means that the district court or court of appeal hearing a case will alert the parties to the possibility of opting for mediation. The courts can also refer parties in family law cases to a parental examination procedure (ouderschapsonderzoek), which includes the use of mediation to find a possible solution to the problem.
Under certain circumstances, the costs of the mediation may be refunded in whole or in part. Click here for further information about subsidised mediation.
The national language version of this page is maintained by the respective EJN contact point. The translations have been done by the European Commission service. Possible changes introduced in the original by the competent national authority may not be yet reflected in the translations. Neither the EJN nor the European Commission accept responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to any information or data contained or referred to in this document. Please refer to the legal notice to see copyright rules for the Member State responsible for this page.
Member States in charge of the management of national content pages are in the process of updating some of the content on this website in the light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.