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How Does Mediation Differ From Other Dispute Resolution Processes?

  • Litigation - an adversarial process in which the parties submit evidence to a judge or jury and then rely on the judge or jury to make and impose a binding decision on their dispute.  Litigation is governed by formal rules and procedures of court and is generally time-consuming and expensive. 
  • Arbritration, similar to litigation in that it is an adversarial process where the parties submit evidence to a neutral third person (the arbitrator) who then renders a decision on their dispute.
  • Mediation - differs from litigation and arbitration in many ways.  The most significant difference is that mediation is a non-adversarial process, the parties do not formally argue their positions and give decsion-making power to a tbird party. I nstead, the mediator's role is to help the parties achieve a mutually agreeable resolution of their dispute.




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