What is Mediation?
Mediation is a highly effective form of settlement conference in which a trained and skilled neutral third party (the mediator) facilitates communication, reconciliation and negotiation between the parties, in order to achieve the voluntary and mutually acceptable resolution of disputes.
How long does mediation take?
Most cases are resolved in one full day mediation session of 6-10 hours. Half day sessions may solve a less complex case.
What happens at a mediation session?
Two types of meetings may occur:
1. The joint session- where all party representatives and their attorneys meet with the mediator and outline the basic issues and contentions of the case; and
2. The caucus- private and confidential meetings between the mediator and each of the parties individually and his or her attorney(s).
How effective is Mediation?
It is very effective in settling disputes. A substantial portion of cases submitted to mediation are resolved, providing closure and an end of the uncertainity of litigation.