HOW IS MEDIATION DIFFERENT?

Friday, October 5th, 2012 @ 11:55PM

Disputes may be resolved in many ways. The parties often try to negotiate a settlement. This can be done directly or through representatives. There are other options such as mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Litigation is adversarial where the judge or jury makes the decision. Often litigation produces a winner and a loser. Through arbitration the parties present their case to a third person who then decides the dispute. In mediation, the parties approach a mediator to help them find a solution. The mediator’s role is to enable the parties to work with each other to achieve a common goal – a mutually acceptable agreement.

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