The meeting is the central part of the process. We get people sitting around the table talking together. We provide a safe environment for people to be heard, understand each other, and begin to rebuild trust. The meeting often lasts around 1 ½ hours.
Getting people to share their views of the situation
When we meet, the first thing we do is introduce each other because this is often the first time that people have met each other. We then explain the process. Then we give people the chance to say what they want to talk about at the meeting and to share their stories. This normally gets the discussion started as well as starting to share information. While people are sharing their stories, the Conciliator will write down confidential notes so that they can refer back to them during the "resolve" stage.
Helping you solve the problems and giving information
All of our Conciliators are independent experts in the legal system and collectively have been involved in resolving tens of thousands of disputes. Because of this experience, we can give you and ACC information on the law. We can also help identify options to solve the problems.
Identifying what might happen if the dispute was formally litigated
Because of our experience, people sometimes ask what might happen if the case went into the formal litigation process. If everyone at the meeting agrees then we can share our opinions so that you and ACC can decide what to do next.
How long does the meeting last
The meeting stage normally lasts about 1 ½ hours. The Conciliator will advise you and ACC during the "talk" stage whether a longer meeting time is necessary.
More information on the meeting stage
You can learn more about the meeting stage and how you might prepare for the meeting when you talk to the Conciliator.
Once you've completed the Talk stage, the next step is the meeting with you and ACC. You can ask your conciliator any questions you have about the meeting when you talk to them. We want you to know what to expect when you attend the meeting so you feel comfortable.