The goal of mediation is to amicably resolve a dispute through the efforts of the parties. The role of the mediator is to utilize patience, persuasion and people skills to facilitate the dialogue between the parties in order to reach settlement. The mediator does not have the authority to render a decision, the parties are not compelled to reach an agreement. Any party is free to leave the mediation at any time.
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Arbitration is an adversarial process where a neutral arbitrator renders a decision, called an award, after there has been a presentation of evidence. Like a court trial, arbitration may include representation by counsel, pre-hearing discovery, written briefs, examination of witnesses and oral argument.
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Settlement conferences are generally conducted by a sitting or retired judge with counsel for the parties. Settlement conferences tend to be shorter in duration than a mediation, and may not include the parties in a participatory sense other than to get their agreement to a settlement proposal.
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Conciliation / Negotiation / Facilitation
These terms are often used interchangeably. In Europe and some areas of the United States, what we term "mediation" is known as "conciliation."
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Discovery Referees are most commonly used in complex matters where there is a disagreement between the parties relating to the scope and subject matter of discovery. These disputes can be very time consuming and emotional. To improve efficiency, the trial court has the jurisdiction to appoint a referee if the judge feels that it is warranted by the situation.
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A private trial most closely resembles an actual court trial and procedurally they are almost identical. The main difference is that the parties have agreed to an individual, usually a retired judge, to sit as a "judge pro tempore" and render a decision. The trial is also held in private and may be confidential.
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ADR offers other processes as well, which include:
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