Mediation is an informal process in which parties of a dispute meet with a neutral third party to negotiate a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator assists the parties to stay focused, identify issues, and explore options for agreement.
The mediator is not an arbitrator or a judge who can impose a decision or render a judgement. He is a neutral facilitator to help the parties understand their respective interests, needs, and risks while encouraging each party to consider the interests of the other party.
It is a venue of compromise and fair play, while providing each party the opportunity to be fully heard on the subject of dispute.
Mediation is a viable alternative to resolving disputes without going to trial and a signed “Rule 11 Agreement” is as enforceable as any other contract. In short, mediation works!