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About Mediation


Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties.  Typically, a neutral third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement.  Parties may mediate disputes in a variety of settings, such as personal injury, medical negligence, commercial, community and family matters.


The term "mediation" broadly refers to any instance in which a neutral third paty helps others reach agreement.  More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that "ordinary" negotion lacks.  The process is confidential and typically participation is voluntary.   The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates settlement negotiations.


Several of the benefits of mediation are:

  • A way for people with disputes to make their own choices and regain a sense of control over the dispute.
  • Allows a person who is a party to a lawsuit to more actively participate in the process.
  • Provides each party an opportunity to educate the other party, and helps each party make a more realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the case.  This leads to more reasonable and flexible positions.
  • The mediation process generally takes much less time and expense than moving a case through standard legal channels.
  • In mediation, unlike a lawsuit, there are no winners or losers, but rather parties come away with an agreement to settle their issues.
  • While court hearings are public, mediation remains strictly confidential.




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