Germany has begun to experiment with court related mediation. According to recent changes in the German Code of Civil Procedure, all German States have the option to introduce mandatory court related mediation as a prerequisite to formally beginning court proceedings with respect to rather small civil matters. Many states have begun to experiment with such schemes in different ways and almost all of the experiments are being evaluated. The new code of civil procedure also provides for court referral to mediation with the consent of the parties.
"Inside an outsider’s mind: perspectives on Australian ADR,"
6, Article 3.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol5/iss6/3