A guideline has been introduced to promote the role of mediation in settling price-related disputes, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) has said.
Price-related disputes refer to those concerning the price of goods or services in civil activities such as settling traffic accident damages, medical services and insurance claims, reported the Xinhua News Agency.
The mediation could be carried out by administrative agencies, people’s mediation organisations and professional industry mediation organisations, according to the document.
The guideline calls for greater efforts to innovate mediation methods, improve the mediation system and strengthen judicial guarantees for such mediations.
The mediation agreements reached through such mediations are valid contracts, and the parties may apply for judicial confirmation of the agreements, which would grant them court-backed enforcement.
The guideline was jointly issued by the SPC, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Justice.