Contact the police and ask them to refer you to the Magistrates' Court for justice mediation. The police will assess the charge and whether it is appropriate for justice mediation. After this, the justice mediation office will contact you and explain how to proceed from there.
You may request this at any stage of the process but usually occurs before the hearing and sentencing stages.
- Your name, date, signature
- Your charge and date of alleged assault
- Any reference numbers given to you by the police
- Respondent (other party)
- Police officer/department/location
- Your request for justice mediation
- Any other relevant information such has hearing date
- Any other information you wish to relay to the police
There is no required structure for writing this request letter. It is just for your reference and to confirm your verbal request. The letter should include details of your charge and alleged incident, all parties involved, the police department and your responsible officer and should explicitly and clearly make a request for justice mediation. You may also wish to include any reasons you believe this would be helpful for both yourself and the victim.
Essentially, the letter is to make the police aware that you wish to participate in mediation, request the police to relay this with the victim and ask for his/her agreement and persuade the police why they should make this recommendation/referral to the court.
No, requesting mediation does not equal an admission of guilt. It is an attempt to resolve the dispute without going to court. It may be helpful to the mediation to admit some responsibility/actions on your part. It is also advisable to agree on private and confidential mediation whereby nothing said, done or indicated in mediation meetings or in an attempt to mediate may be later admissible in court should mediation break down.
Yes, it would be helpful to show compassion/sympathy for the victim, regret of the situation and any injuries/harm/hardship received by the victim and show your willingness to cooperate in order to resolve the dispute and make the victim's situation a little better.