Mediation vs. Arbitration
Mediation and arbitration are generally contractually agreed upon
substitutes for resolving disputes as opposed to resorting to a court to
resolve it. The purpose and goals of mediation and arbitration, however,
are quite different and often misunderstood.
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One Mediation: Step-By-Step
How to Prepare
Parties should consider what both sides may want in
negotiating a resolution and prioritize these goals.
Consideration should be paid to the emotional and financial
costs of not resolving the matter, the likelihood of success in
court (if a legal dispute), and what each party may seek and
If Resolution Is Reached
If an agreement is reached, a document will be drafted that
captures all aspects of the agreements reached. When parties
have legal counsel, this document may include an agreement
for the attorneys to prepare a more formal document that
incorporates the mediation document.
Joint Sessions and Caucuses
Usually the parties begin mediation together in a joint session
led by the mediator. After the mediator's introduction, each
party may give an opening statement about the dispute. While
the mediator may then keep the parties together, frequently
parties are separated into different rooms where the mediator
will "caucus" privately with each party. Caucuses facilitate the
flow of information and offers between the parties.
What to Expect
Prior to most mediation sessions, the mediator may contact
the parties to pinpoint the scope of the dispute and to assist
the parties in preparing for negotiations. Some mediators
request a "statement" of the dispute in advance of their
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