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What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process where parties discuss their disagreement with the assistance of skilled neutral third persons who help them to reach a settlement. Fortunately, there are many lawyers in Edmonton that specialize in mediation.
Mediation can be used for an informal discussion among the parties, or for conflict resolution and settlement. The conflict might either be pending in court or a disagreement which may be potentially filed in court.
Ideal mediation cases are disputes with business transactions, accidents, construction, workers compensation, labour or community relations, divorce lawyers and mediation, domestic relations, employment law or other matters which do not involve complex procedures or concerns involving evidence. Attendance to mediation meetings is voluntary unless it is court ordered.
A qualified mediating lawyer typically has determination, persistence and good sense. The mediator is a facilitator with absolutely no power to deliver a resolution to the dispute. In Edmonton, most mediators are lawyers, but they may not give legal advice while they serve as mediators. Still, a mediator’s knowledge is often beneficial to each party in phrasing and framing the mediated agreement, or in circumstances where the parties are open to an unbiased examination of their case.
Benefits of the Mediation Process
For Individuals or Companies
There many reasons why individuals in a particular dispute might choose mediation over a standard civil litigation or other alternative forms of conflict resolution which include price, quick resolution, personal sessions, privacy, participation in the resolution of the disagreement and in many cases, constructive conversation between the parties.
The cost of mediation is less than the typical cost in time and money for the litigation of a disagreement. The mediator’s hourly rate is typically lower than the hourly rate for a lawyer, and parties can frequently arrange a session within weeks of choosing to mediate, or a court order to moderate.
During the mediation process, no spectators are permitted and whatever is said cannot be repeated or reported by the mediator to another party. The Settlement Contract is only a record of the procedure. The Agreement to Moderate, which is signed by the parties before the meeting, will frequently advise parties of the confidentiality of the session, and that the mediator is not always available as a voluntary witness in a court proceeding.
Ending a disagreement with a peaceful resolution is the most attractive part of mediation. Parties are encouraged to solve their problem in workable terms to achieve a “win-win” option. This typically helps when one party feels particularly wronged or allows the parties to continue their professional or personal relationship. In many professional cases, mediation can enforce a positive working relationship which increases workplace efficiency.
For more information on mediation in Edmonton, Alberta see: Alberta Justice here.
The ability to move cases towards a resolution is a constant problem for lawyers. It is complicated by court dockets that are backlogged and the time spent awaiting a judge or jury to be chosen. Continuations are often requested by opposing counsel in routine matters which if resolved, would limit the amount of workforce designated to a specific case.
Mediation uses an opportunity to improve case management/resolution and client satisfaction. An employment discrimination grievance can take years to prosecute. Using different forms of alternative conflict resolution readily available in the location of employment law, a lawyer can deal with such grievances in months after the investigation is complete. An accident case with a simple soft tissue injury can be moderated in a matter of weeks after submission of the required documentation to the insurance company in locations where insurance provider have accepted moderate specific cases.
A quick, effective resolution of worker settlement cases, contested divorces with complex property, custody problems and company agreement disputes can be worked through much more efficiently. The benefits are client satisfaction, increased client referrals and time freed up for more complex cases.
How Does Mediation Work?
Mediation meetings are held at an agreeable time and neutral place for all parties involved, possibly at the office of the mediator, or another location not open to the public. The process could then continue over the phone between the mediator and each party when it is appropriate. Normally, mediators use face to face negotiations or conduct co-mediations in cases which could be potentially difficult, such as with domestic partnerships.
To be included in these sessions, the parties, their lawyers (if represented), the mediator, and others must be accepted ahead of time. In neighbourhood mediation, there is generally a large number of people present, along with co-mediators. Parties to a mediation might not need to be represented by legal counsel. When counsel is present, parties may be encouraged to deal with the mediators and to consult their lawyers on legal issues. In general, the procedure with lawyers participation is arranged before any session.
It is very important for the party with settlement authority to attend mediation. During injury or employee compensation mediation, the insurance adjusters should advise the mediator that their manager or another individual with full settlement authority is easily available by telephone.
Sessions may centre around the process (facilitative), or be content-directed (case settlement or evaluative) depending on the mediator or the meeting. Case settlement is often preferred by the majority of courts, which use mediation for small claims cases. Evaluative mediation is used in specific situations where a professional is needed to understand the details of the disagreement.
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