is a non-binding process in which an impartial mediator
helps parties reach a mutually acceptable settlement. The
process is less formal and usually less expensive then
other methods of dispute resolution.
Mediation is extremely
popular because the parties control the terms of any
agreed settlement. All communications are
confidential and not subject to disclosure.
The manner in which a
mediation session is conducted varies with the mediator
selected. Some mediators prefer to start
the process with a joint session with the parties exchanging
their viewpoints of the case. Others prefer
to start with private meetings. Although
Gary Hall will encourage parties to meet in a joint
session if it will help meaningful communication and
settle the case, he usually begins a mediation session
by meeting privately with each party.
During these meetings,
the parties will be encouraged to talk about their case. These
private discussions will aid the mediator and the parties
in identifying the issues of conflict, clarifying points
of agreement and exploring areas of potential compromise
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