Mediation at the Small Claims Division

Mediation allows you to settle a small claim out-of-court. 

The mediator guides your exchanges with the other party. He or she ensures that you can express yourself and feel heard. 

You are entitled to up to 3 free hours with a mediator to attempt to resolve your dispute when you have a file open at the Small Claims Division.

With mediation, you and the other party try to reach an agreement to put an end to your dispute.

Who is eligible

You are eligible when you file a claim at the Small Claims Division of the Court of Québec and the claim is disputed.

You can avail yourself of mediation at any time, even if you initially refused it or if a hearing is already underway.

Mediation process

A representative of a centre de justice de proximité This hyperlink will open in a new window. will automatically contact you if the application is filed and contested between May 13, 2021 and May 31, 2023 inclusively. The representative will offer you a free consultation as part of the Info-File small claims service This hyperlink will open in a new window.. The representative will be able to inform and accompany you before you use mediation.

During mediation

The mediation process is simple.

The mediation session is conducted privately and with minimal formality.

You and the other party are called to appear before a mediator (usually a lawyer or a notary).

The session takes place at your convenience. It can last up to 3 hours

During the session, the mediator invites you to state your respective positions.

In short, he or she attempts to lead you towards a settlement.

After mediation

If you come to an agreement during mediation

You must submit to the court office a notice of the settlement or a copy of the agreement, which will then be confirmed by a judge or a special clerk.

If you don't come to an agreement

Your file will be heard in court. Please note that what was said during the mediation session cannot be used as evidence during the hearing.


The Ministère covers the fees of the mediator for a maximum of 3 hours.

Information services on mediation, offered by Centre de justice de proximité, are free.

Find a mediator

The claim was filed and disputed between May 13, 2021 and May 31, 2023 inclusively

The centre de justice de proximité representative can put you in touch with a mediator after your pre-mediation meeting.

The claim was filled and disputed before May 13, 2021 or from June 1 2023

Contact the Small Claims Division of your local courthouse to find a mediator.

Last update: May 9, 2023


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