The provisions in this Act reflect the intent of the Drafters to further these public policies. The Drafters intend for the Act to be applied and construed in a way to promote uniformity, as stated in Section, and also in such manner as to: promote candor of parties through confidentiality of the mediation process, subject only to the need for disclosure to accommodate specific and compelling social interests, encourage the policy of fostering prompt, economical, and amicable resolution of disputes in accordance with principles of integrity of the mediation process, active party involvement, and informed self-determination by the parties, and advance the policy that the decision-making authority in the mediation process rests with the parties. Although the Conference does not recommend "purpose" clauses, States that permit these clauses may consider adapting these principles to serve that function. Each is discussed in turn.
Uniform Mediation Act and Official Comments,
2003 J. Disp. Resol.
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