Community mediation provides people with an alternative to court action. In South Australia, community mediation is run through the Southern Community Justice Service's Community Mediation Service. Although the service gets some government funding, it is not run by a government agency and has no power to force people to attend or stick to any agreement that is reached. The centre selects interested people from the community and trains them as mediators. These people then provide their time voluntarily to conduct mediations. The kinds of matters handled include neighbour, strata title, community organisation, care management, workplace, consumer and estate disputes. The service is provided free of charge although people are encouraged to make a donation, if they are able, to help maintain the service. Interpreters and bilingual mediators can be provided when necessary. Mediation can be provided in some regional areas and in various locations around Adelaide.
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