Mediation Act 2017


Number 27 of 2017




Preliminary and General

1. Short title and commencement

2. Interpretation

3. Scope

4. Regulations

5. Expenses


Mediation in General

6. Mediation

7. Agreement to mediate

8. Role of mediator

9. Codes of practice

10. Confidentiality

11. Enforceability of mediation settlements

12. Council

13. Reports of Council


Obligations of Practising Solicitors and Barristers as regards Mediation

14. Practising solicitor and mediation

15. Practising barrister and mediation


Role of Court in Mediation, etc.

16. Court inviting parties to consider mediation

17. Mediator report to court

18. Effect of mediation on limitation and prescription periods

19. Adjourning court proceedings to facilitate mediation

20. Fees and costs

21. Factors to be considered by court in awarding costs

22. Amendment of Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004


Mediation Information Sessions

23. Mediation information sessions in family law and succession proceedings


Amendment of other Acts

24. Amendment of Guardianship of Infants Act 1964

25. Amendment of Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989

26. Amendment of Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996


Minimum Requirements in Relation to Council

Acts Referred to

Arbitration Act 2010 (No. 1)

Child Abduction and Enforcement of Custody Orders Act 1991 (No. 6)

Child Care Acts 1991 to 2015

Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (No. 9)

Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 (No. 31)

Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (No. 24)

Customs Act 2015 (No. 18)

Domestic Violence Acts 1996 to 2011

Enforcement of Court Orders Act 1940 (No. 23)

Family Home Protection Act 1976 (No. 27)

Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996 (No. 33)

Family Law (Maintenance of Spouses and Children) Act 1976 (No. 11)

Family Law Act 1981 (No. 22)

Family Law Act 1995 (No. 26)

Finance (Tax Appeals) Act 2015 (No. 59)

Finance Act 2001 (No. 7)

Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (No. 7)

Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 (No. 6)

Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (No. 65)

Maintenance Act 1994 (No. 28)

Property Values (Arbitrations and Appeals) Act 1960 (No. 45)

Protection of Children (Hague Convention) Act 2000 (No. 37)

Status of Children Act 1987 (No. 26)

Succession Act 1965 (No. 27)

Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 (No. 39)

Workplace Relations Act 2015 (No. 16)


Number 27 of 2017


An Act to facilitate the settlement of disputes by mediation, to specify the principles applicable to mediation, to specify arrangements for mediation as an alternative to the institution of civil proceedings or to the continuation of civil proceedings that have been instituted; to provide for codes of practice to which mediators may subscribe; to provide for the recognition of a body as the Mediation Council of Ireland for the purposes of this Act and to require that Council to make reports to the Minister for Justice and Equality as regards mediation in the State; to provide, by means of a scheme, an opportunity for parties to family law proceedings or proceedings under section 67A(3) or 117 of the Succession Act 1965 to attend mediation information sessions; to amend the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 , the Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 and the Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996 ; and to provide for related matters.

[2nd October , 2017]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: