How do I obtain funding under the Revised Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme (REMPS)?
(i) If parties wish to submit to mediation right after the close of pleadings, each party indicates in the Notification to Registrar that it wishes to submit the dispute in the IPOS proceedings to mediation and intends to apply for funding.
(ii) If parties wish to submit to mediation before the close of pleadings or after the Notification to Registrar has been filed earlier, each party informs the Registrar in writing that it wishes to submit the dispute in the IPOS proceedings to mediation and intends to apply for funding.
(iii) If parties wish to submit to mediation but are undecided at that point in time whether or not to apply for funding under the REMPS, they are encouraged to first inform the Registrar in writing that they may apply for funding; and update the Registrar later when they have come to a decision.
Parties submit a request for mediation to the chosen mediation service provider, copying IPOS.
Before the mediation, the parties consent to and IPOS arranges for a "shadow" mediator to observe the mediation (or a co-mediator to jointly mediate the dispute).
Parties participate in the mediation, with the mediator and minimally a "shadow" mediator.
Each party submits the application for reimbursement with all the requisite docum entation, except the agent fees incurred after the mediation, within 1 month from the date of receipt issued by the mediation service provider or from the date of invoice and receipt (if any) issued by the party's lawyer / agent in relation to mediation-related agent fees, whichever is later. Please note that REMPS funding is limited by budget and applications will be considered chronologically according to the date of submission of the application for reimbursement and not the date of the mediation.
Step 6 (if relevant)
Each party submits the final outstanding information on agent fees incurred after mediation within 1 month from the close of the IPOS proceedings by way of an updated application for reimbursemnt.
Upon successful application, parties receive reimbursement of the mediation costs from IPOS, up to a combined total of S$10,000 / S$14,000 per mediation case. Each party will receive an equal share of up to S$5,000 / S$6,000 unless otherwise agreed by the parties involved.
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