This information applies to civil (non-family law) mediation. For Family Law click here.
Mediation is an informal dispute resolution process that is often faster, less expensive and less stressful than litigation and trial. In mediation, a neutral mediator works with the parties in a private office to help them resolve all or part of their dispute.
Mediators do not decide the outcome of the case and they do not make reports to the judge. Instead, mediators listen carefully to all parties and help them explore their real concerns, the strengths and weaknesses of their case, their options for resolving the case, and the risks, costs and benefits of trial vs. settlement. If the parties do not reach an agreement, the case proceeds toward trial.