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Mediation is a voluntary process wherein an impartial third person assists parties to discuss their perspectives of a dispute. The mediator does not give legal advice or make a decision for the parties. Instead, the parties are responsible for the decisions and the mediator’s role is to help the parties identify their concerns and to formulate a resolution which is mutually satisfactory.
Parties have more control and flexibility over the agreement and its terms. Mediation is private and informal. Parties report high satisfaction and statistics show that parties are more likely to perform the terms of a mediated agreement than terms of a court judgment.
Effective August 1, 2022, mediator qualifications formerly housed in
Chief Justice Order (CJO) No. 05-028 were moved into UTCR chapter 12. Guidelines
be found in the OJD Rules Center, under “Court-Connected
Small Claims Mediator Application
Domestic Relations Mediator Application
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