Why mediation is important to resolve disputes

Mediation is a form of negotiation: the parties reach agreement voluntarily and thus retain the power to set the agenda for discussion and the ultimate agreement reached between them. The neutral mediator, unlike a judge, acts as a catalyst for this process; he or she can’t compel information, and doesn’t render a judgment after hearing from the parties. The mediator serves as a “go between.” He or she funnels information, proposals and counter-proposals between the parties until a settlement is finalized. Learn More »