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

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Court-Ordered Mandatory Mediation

The entire trial process is an attempt to solve the problem the parties have. If the court can help the parties come to a resolution without going all the way through a trial, everybody saves time and money. Courts have experimented with mediation, a form of negotiation with a third party acting as a go-between, and found that many cases were resolved quickly. Because of this, many trial courts now have rules requiring that the parties in civil cases go through mediation before they can actually go to trial. Neither party is required to accept a suggested resolution, but there might be penalties for refusing the solution and then losing at the trial. The penalties often include having to pay all of the attorney ...

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