Mediation is a non-binding type of dispute resolution. Mediation is a process where a neutral, third party with no authoritative decision-making power assists parties in a dispute to voluntarily reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The legal community has encouraged alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. With mediation as the primary alternative dispute resolution type in the federal district courts, it is now even more important that legislation surrounding mediation and confidentiality is created. In fact, over half of the ninety-four federal court districts now offer, and in most instances, require mediation.
M. Katherine Kerbs, Katherine E. McMurtrey, Courtney Lauer, and Theresa Mullineaux,
State Legislative Update,
2016 J. Disp. Resol.
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