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Upon termination of the conciliation proceedings, the conciliator shall fix the cost of the conciliation and give written notice thereof to the parties. The word ‘costs’ here means reasonable costs relating to :

 

1) the fees and expenses of the conciliator and witnesses requested by the conciliator with the consent of the parties;

 

2) any expert advice requested by the conciliator with the consent of the parties;

 

3) any assistance provided to the conciliator in the manner as provided in sections 64 and 68; for any other expenses incurred in connection with the conciliation proceedings and the settlement agreement.

 

The costs shall be borne equally by the parties, unless the settlement agreement provides for a different apportionment. All other expenses incurred by a party shall be borne by that party.

 

Regarding costs the conciliator may direct each party to deposit an equal amount as an advance for the costs which he expects will be incurred.

 

During the course of the conciliating proceedings the conciliator may direct supplementary deposits in an equal amount from each party.

 

If the required deposits are not paid in full by both parties within 30 days, the conciliator may suspend the proceedings or may make a written declaration of termination of the proceedings to the parties effective on the date of that declaration.

 

Upon termination of the proceedings, the conciliator shall render an accounting to the parties of the deposits received and shall return any unexpended balance to the parties. (Section 78 & 79).

 


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