Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party facilitates communication between parties in a dispute to reach a settlement agreement for the case. Mediation is a voluntary process; the mediator cannot compel a settlement agreement on the parties. A mediator is a neutral third party trained to resolve conflict and help individuals reach a mutual agreement, which is a binding contract. Both parties involved in a dispute must agree to the mediation process. The mediator does not act as an advocate for either party. The mediation process gives parties the opportunity to reach a settlement because they are more familiar with the case than anyone else. Mediation is less costly than having a judge or jury make the decision. The ultimate goal of mediation is for parties in a dispute to reach a settlement agreement.
Arbitration is a voluntary method of dispute resolution in which a neutral third party, arbitrator weighs evidence from parties in a dispute and then render an award. Arbitration is also a common dispute resolution alternative as compared to time consuming and expensive litigation.
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