-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.
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.
Mediation is not:
A form of counselling
A substitute for legal advice