Mediation is a voluntary negotiation to resolve legal disputes, facilitated by a neutral mediator. In mediation the parties have the opportunity to share information about their positions while trying to negotiate a mutually agreeable outcome to their disputes. The parties’ agreement is written up in a signed settlement agreement that may resolve the whole case, or even some of the issues in their case. The process is voluntary and confidential.
Mediation before arbitration can be very effective. Mediation allows both sides to get an early evaluation of their case, better understand their strengths and weaknesses, and have the potential to resolve the entire case, or even some of the issues, to limit the scope of the case that goes to a hearing.