There are solutions that make it possible to avoid recourse to the courts or to end it without a trial. These are the methods of prevention and dispute resolution. It all starts with negotiation and, if necessary, the use of mediation or conciliation and, if applicable, arbitration should be considered.
The founding lawyer of the firm, Me Anne-Marie Jutras, has been an accredited mediator in civil and commercial matters for more than fifteen years. Being also an experienced lawyer in civil and commercial litigation, she quickly grasps the problems of a case. At Jutras Avocats Inc., we can assist our client in the mediation process or act as an accredited mediator in civil and commercial matters. In the latter case, our role must be neutral and our mandate must come from both parties.
Most cases are settled out of Court; however, the parties sometimes require assistance from a third party to resolve their dispute. Given the costs and delays associated with legal proceedings, most of the time, it is best to reach a settlement as promptly as possible. In the course of legal proceedings, we can present a request for a settlement conference at which the judge will act as a conciliator to help the parties and their attorney reach a mutual agreement and avoid a hearing. This process is entirely confidential and, therefore, not prejudicial to the parties if they fail to settle this dispute and continue the legal proceedings before the Court.