Mediation gives individuals and parties more of a say in how their matter might be settled.
Disputes may be resolved at mediation by agreement between the parties in a way that might not be possible if the matter is decided by a judge after a court hearing and agreements reached can be effective from the date of the mediation.
Mediations can resolve disputes faster and save on legal costs and if the parties agree, the settlement agreement can be confidential.
Records are not kept of discussions in mediation which allows for honesty and meaningful conversation that leads to resolution.
Mediators do not communicate with anyone in the Court about what occurs or is said at a mediation.
If a matter does not resolve at mediation and continues to a hearing before a judge, the mediation may clearly identify the real issues in dispute which may reduce the time and expense of hearing.