Should I represent myself
A mediation meeting is not a court. People often represent themselves, so, if you feel confident, you can prepare for the meeting yourself to explain the facts.
You don’t need any technical knowledge, but you do need to be able to listen, respond and be open-minded about the options for resolving the problem. An external advisor is often useful in that role. This can be a union or employers’ association representative, friend, whanau member, experienced community leader, or a professional advisor.
The mediator’s role is to ensure that both parties are given the opportunity to pursue an acceptable outcome. If you represent yourself, the mediator will make sure you are not disadvantaged in the mediation process.
The mediator may:
- suggest adjournments to help you gather your thoughts
- explain legal concepts in plain English
- suggest that you seek assistance if you are out of your depth
- help you focus on the issues.
You can change your decision about having a representative at any stage in the process.