Ches Crosbie

St. John's lawyer Ches Crosbie is representing victims impacted by moose-vehicle collisions in Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

The victims of moose-related vehicle accidents have had their application for a class action mediation rejected.

Justice Valerie Marshall dismissed the idea on Friday. 

St. John's lawyer Ches Crosbie — who is representing the plaintiffs —  said he was not asking for mediation to force the government to settle. 

"We were not asking for an order that government settle, we were asking for an order that they talk to us," said Crosbie.

Marshall dismissed the application on the basis that mediation would be a useless exercise. 

A trial, however, could cause more delays, which is something Crosbie said his clients would like to avoid.

"I've got clients who are in difficult situations and need timely justice. Justice delayed is justice denied."

Crosbie's clients are seeking compensation for their injuries, as well as wanting to have fences erected in problem areas along the highway, and a reduction of the moose population to what they believe to be reasonable levels.

The trial start date has been set for April 1.