Disputes can be resolved more effectively by parties who negotiate their own settlements.
Most cases that go to mediation settle. This is because the parties can discuss their case confidentially, lay their cards on the table, and try to work out a solution. Cases normally settle when the parties focus their energy and attention on the strengths and weaknesses of their case, evaluate the potential risk, and actively work hard to find a resolution. In a mediation, the participants control the outcome. Settlement is voluntary. No one can force a party to settle. The result is IN the parties’ control, and not in the hands of a jury or judge.
MEDIATION IS COST EFFICIENT
Attorneys’ fees, expert fees, deposition expenses, and filing fees can be avoided by submitting your case to a qualified mediator. A mediation is faster and more cost efficient than going to the courthouse. Mediation can be scheduled in a short time frame, saving months or years of time and expense in a stressful litigation process.
MEDIATION IS CONFIDENTIAL
Statements made in a mediation are confidential and cannot be used later by or against a participant. The mediator cannot be called as a witness, except in rare circumstances. And settlement offers or proposals made during the mediation will never be heard by the judge or jury if the case does not settle.
MEDIATION IS PRIVATE
Matters discussed at mediation remain confidential. When you take your case to the courthouse, your most private matters—medical history, financial information, tax records, employment records, and family issues—can become public matters