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MEDIATION

I have just been ordered to mediation! What does that mean?

Courts are frequently ordering mediation before you can go to trial. Many people have never experienced alternative dispute resoluation and don't know what it is. It is separate from a trial. It is a time to sit down with a mediator - a neutral third party who doesn't have a stake in the outcome - and discuss possible resolutions to the conflict. Mediators can be employed by the court or can be private mediators. Mediation is an opportunity to hear your opponent's side of the conflict and be creative in coming to a resolution. Sometimes this is the first time that you can hear the other person's story. This process often brings new facts to light, which helps people resolve their dispute. It also gives parties control over the outcome. The disadvantage of having a judge resolve a dispute is that the judge can only rule for one party and they can only enter orders allowed under law. There is always a risk in going to court. Mediation helps parties control that risk by having control over the outcome.