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Where an independent third party acts as a messenger...
Between two arguing parties
The people arguing must be the ones to make the
finial decision, not the mediator…read more

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Voluntary - you can choose whether to mediate or not
Private and confidential - what you talk about in mediation can't
normally be used in court later unless you both agree
You and the other party make the final decision on how to resolve
your dispute
The mediator is impartial and does not take sides
The mediator is independent they are not connected with either
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Mediation is the most wide ranging of the ADR processes.
Its uses include: business
consumer goods and services
divorce and separation (under the Family Law Act 1996)
education - schools, colleges, universities
discrimination
medical negligence
neighbours
personal injury
workplace and employment
young people at risk of homelessness
Mediation can be used in cases involving only two parties and
those involving a large number of parties or entire
communities.
Why mediate? to maintain a good relationship
between the parties, but still come to a decision…read more

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Step 1: Find a neutral venue that has no ties to either party
Step 2: Let each party put their position forward, then hold private meetings
with them both separately
Step 3: You act as a go between ­ the parties communicate through
you
Step 4: In the meetings: Work out what the issues are, work
out what the options are, work out an agreement. If both
parties agree to this then you're done. If no agreement
occurs then it goes to court or a tribunal.
REMEMBER: You are neutral. You cannot suggest any
solutions to the problem or force settlement on the
parties!…read more

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Family: The couple meets with the mediator to see if mediation will work for
them and whether to have it separately or together. There will then be several
sessions of 90 minutes long. Lawyers do not come to the meetings
Neighbour: The mediator tries to talk to all concerned, starting with the first
person to contact the service. There will then be a meeting with all the parties.
Lawyers aren't usually involved.
Civil and Commercial Disputes: Both parties will have legal
representation and will sit in separate rooms with the mediator
going from room to room to try and come to a decision.…read more

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Smith E

Good on the basics of mediation. The graphics help break up the text. The role of mediation in the family context is addressed well, as is the section on models of mediation (slide 7), though note that not all exam boards require this information. The outcomes section is full of good examples. 

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