Mediation Rules

Mediation is a forum in which an impartial person, the mediator, facilitates communication between parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or understanding among them. A mediator may not impose his own judgment on the issues for that of the parties.

Mediations are conducted in accordance with applicable statutes and court rules. The mediator is not a decision-maker for the parties, but rather a neutral intermediary. The mediator may not act as an advocate for either party. The mediator may not give legal or other professional advice. Instead, parties are encouraged to consult with their own attorneys and/or other appropriate professionals.

Mediation is a private process, not open to the public. Persons other than the parties and their counsel may attend only with the knowledge and approval of all other participants. Communications during the course of the mediation are confidential as provided by law. No record is made during the mediation. To safeguard mediation confidentiality, the mediator and the mediator’s records will not be subject to production for any purpose.

Mediation is a process to encourage the peaceful resolution of disputes. Therefore, service of process at the mediation, or on the premises of the mediation is not permitted.

Mediation participants are advised to have the settlement agreement independently reviewed by that participant’s counsel before executing the agreement. It is the responsibility of the parties and their counsel to satisfy themselves that the agreement is both accurate and complete.


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