Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Mediation is one of the most popular methods to settle disputes. It is different than arbitration, which actually renders a decision. Most state courts require parties to attend mediation prior to a trial being set in a case. This is because 95% of cases settle before trial.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is the most popular alternative to lengthy court battles. It saves money, time and most importantly, the energy and emotion spent on battling over conflict. The parties make arrangements to meet with a mediator at a minimum of two hours. Additional sessions may be needed. A mediator’s obligation is to provide unbiased, neutral and independent assistance to the parties. The mediator must have active listening skills and know the techniques in dealing with high emotional conflict.
There are generally no state requirements for mediators, however, all states have basic qualifications for mediators. On its own motion, or on motion of either or both parties to a dispute, the court may order a matter referred to mediation. Most people utilize mediators before court involvement.