What is Mediation?

Mediation is:

-a negotiation to resolve differences that is conducted by an impartial third party (a mediator / mediators)

-the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement

-a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or “appropriate dispute resolution”, aims to assist two (or more) disputants in reaching settlement of outstanding issues.

1              The Option of Mediation:

Mediation is an alternative method of resolving disputes. The mediator helps both sides reach an agreement rather than imposing a decision.

Mediators are not judges and do not provide parties with legal advice or impose conditions on parties.

The entire process is voluntary and requires the co-operation of both sides to work. It is commenced voluntarily and can be concluded at any point voluntarily.

2              Mediation is not:

A form of counselling

A substitute for legal advice