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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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What Is Mediation?

Mediation puts a third party in the middle of someone else’s dispute or conflict to help the original parties solve their problem. If you think about it, that’s sort of like what a court does: puts a third party—a judge or a jury—in the middle of the plaintiff and defendant’s conflict, so that the judge or jury can solve the problem. The big difference between what a court does and what mediation does is that the court solves the problem for the parties; mediation helps the parties solve the problem for themselves.
The big focus in mediation is in helping the parties come to a compromise. Both sides have to be willing to move from their original positions in order for mediation to work. Even if the parties aren’t willing ...

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