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- an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method. There are a variety of others, such as Collaborative Negotiating, Arbitration, and Early Neutral Evaluation.
- a “facilitative” ADR method, which means that the process is designed to help the parties reach an agreement of their own creation rather than to have their outcome decided by someone else.
- led by a mediator who is trained in the process, skilled in the legal issues being mediated, neutral and unaligned with either party.
- a voluntary process (no one can be forced to mediate a dispute).
- a confidential process (what happens at mediation, stays at mediation).