(ii) require the respondent to stay away from the animal and not to take, transfer, incriminate, conceal, harass, attack, strike, threaten, damage or dispose of the animal. Our experienced domestic violence lawyers negotiated an agreement in which the two parties agreed to keep some distance from each other and agreed not to make contact by phone, email or third party. The other party agreed to drop its application for an injunction to reduce domestic violence against our client in order to avoid the adoption of a CLETS order. The trained civil harassment mediator should help the parties resolve their problems, explore beyond their positions and pay attention to the potential for redress of the relationship. In one case, they were neighbours who were fighting over a series of alleged civil offences. They belonged to the same ethnic group. When the Ombudsman discovered that they were both Christians, he asked about the power of their faith to forgive and renew their relationship. On reflection, the parties agreed to work on their friendship and not to give each other derogatory names. After reciprocal apologies and promises to be “rather neighbourhood”, the complainant invited the accused and her friends to a potluck. The parties were satisfied with their agreement and sat side by side when they returned to the courtroom to obtain the judge`s approval. As with small cases of redress, mediation of civil harassment is strictly voluntary.
Before the mediation meeting begins, the parties should be clearly informed of the rejection of the application for permanent limitation “without prejudice” (this notion of law means that the case can be re-established if necessary). The parties are invited to draw up a written agreement in the form of a stipulation to be verified by the banker. The stipulation is treated by the courts as a contract and can be used as credible evidence in a new case. If one of the parties does not respect the agreement, the court considers the violation a “breach of contract” and takes the matter very seriously. While the objectives of transformative and narrative models are attractive, “peaceful coexistence” is often the standard agreement. These agreements generally state that, to the extent that civil disputes, particularly between neighbours, are rarely unilateral, the mediation agreement (stipulation) can clarify the responsibilities of both parties.