What kind of disputes may be settled by mediation?

Such civil and petitionary matters may be subject to mediation that could also be heard by a court. The dispute may concern for example an agreement, an inheritance matter or a claim for damages. Also matters concerning child custody, right of access and child maintenance can be mediated.

Other alternative dispute resolution methods are also available in many types of cases. For example consumer advisers and the Consumer Disputes Board deal with disputes related to consumer protection, and there is a separate mediation procedure for criminal matters.