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Judges Mediation Bench Book

Judges Mediation Bench Book: A Resource for Alabama Trial Judges (2nd edition)
This handy reference, updated in 2016, puts all the law, court rules, code of ethics, forms, and information about mediation in one place. Download.

Mediation, Another Method For Resolving Disputes brochure
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Mediation:  Another Method for Resolving Disputes

What is Mediation?

Mediation is an informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute. The mediation session is intended to identify pertinent issues, clarify any misunderstandings, explore solutions, and negotiate an agreement.

What is the Mediator's Role?

The mediator is not a judge and does not render a decision or impose a solution on any party. Rather, the mediator helps those involved in the dispute talk to each other, thereby allowing them to resolve the dispute themselves. The mediator manages the mediation session and remains impartial.

How does Mediation Work?

At the mediation session all parties present a summary of their points of view. Attorneys for the parties may be present. Typically, the mediator will then meet privately (caucus) with each party to explore more fully the facts and issues of each side. The caucus offers participants the opportunity to vent anger or frustrations outside the presence of the opposing side. The mediator usually will continue to caucus alternatively with each party, carrying settlement proposals back and forth until an agreement is reached. The agreement is then reduced to writing, and signed by the parties.

How Long does Mediation Take?

While the time required for mediation varies, the mediation session commonly involves less than half a day.

Who Pays for the Mediation

Expenses of the mediation are shared equally by the parties unless they agree otherwise. Parties should know in advance what the mediator charges.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

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How do I Locate a Mediator or Find out More about Mediation?

Ask your attorney, or contact the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. The Center maintains a statewide roster of mediators, and provides information on dispute resolution alternatives.

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Find a Mediator

Our state court roster contains the names of Mediators who have met the Mediation Registration Standards and Procedures adopted September 18,1998 and who have registered with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc.

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