Does court-connected mediation work? What happens in mediations connected to cases filed in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria? What factors are related to efficiency and lasting outcomes? In what ways could the existing processes be improved? These questions and many more were examined in a research project commissioned by the Victorian Department of Justice and completed by Professor Tania Sourdin in September 2008.

The Research Report, Mediation in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria, was launched by the Attorney-General of Victoria The Hon Rob Hulls MP on the 1 April 2009 and its recommendations are currently being considered by the Department of Justice in consultation with the courts and the profession. This article summarises the main findings and recommendations.