Mediators and Arbitrators are individuals with specific Alternative Dispute Resolution training (ADR) who assist two or more people to find solutions to their dispute.
Mediators are neutral third party facilitators who help the parties reach their own mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement, without decision making power over the outcome. Basic steps in the process include gathering information, framing the issues, developing options and formalizing agreements. This process is helpful in resolving family, dependency, county and circuit civil cases.
Arbitrators are third party neutrals who meet with disputing parties, listen to both sides of the dispute, and then render a decision. Arbitrators may serve on a panel of three or as a sole arbitrator when rendering a decision. Decisions are either binding or non-binding for the parties, which is agreed to prior to the arbitration session. Arbitration is a popular ADR process for individuals, businesses, communities and governments.
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