A party to a mediated dispute can withdraw at any time if they feel the process or the mediator isn’t working for them. Courts do not permit this.
The Ontario government is now promoting Mediation as the answer. On January 4th, 1999, the Province of Ontario instituted a pilot project in the Toronto and Ottawa courthouses. This project required certain types of cases to be mediated early on in the adversarial process. The results are so promising that the project was expanded to other courts and to other types of matters.
Windsor’s court is participating in the Mandatory Mediation program with respect to civil and estate matters. Robert M. Jutras has been a member of the Essex County Courthouse Roster of Mediators since the program was initiated in 2002.