If the parties have reached an agreement during out-of-court mediation, the settlement may, upon application, be confirmed as enforceable in the district court. In that case, for example an agreed compensation may be recovered through enforcement measures, if necessary. Mediation provided by the Finnish Bar Association and other corresponding procedures constitute out-of-court mediation. A settlement reached in mediation in criminal cases may also be confirmed as enforceable insofar as the settlement concerns a civil matter (damages).
An agreement made in out-of-court mediation cannot be confirmed by the district court if the matter concerns child custody, right of access or child maintenance. Agreements of this kind are made and confirmed within the social welfare services with a child welfare officer present.