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Do the parties have to meet in mediation?

Do the parties have to meet in mediation?

Generally, each party needs to attend. When the parties have lawyers, the attorneys usually attend as well. If there are other people who are not officially part of the conflict but whose participation would be important in being able to reach a settlement or commit to one, their participation should be considered.

What do you do in a mediation meeting?

Mediation: Ten Rules for Success

  1. Rule 1: The decision makers must participate.
  2. Rule 2: The important documents must be physically present.
  3. Rule 3: Be right, but only to a point.
  4. Rule 4: Build a deal.
  5. Rule 5: Treat the other party with respect.
  6. Rule 6: Be persuasive.
  7. Rule 7: Focus on interests.

Can a mediator ask a party to keep everything confidential?

Although not required, sometimes the mediator may ask the parties to state in writing that they will keep everything confidential. The goal is to allow you and anyone at mediation and their lawyer, if any, to talk about legal and non-legal issues without fear of others (including the judge) hearing about it.

Why are there mediators in Montgomery County Court?

The Court’s Mediation Program was established to assist the judges and citizens with resolving legal disputes in a manner that is more economical and amicable than a trial. Parties are permitted to choose from a list of court-approved mediators. This list, along with the biography of each mediator, is available on the Court’s website.

How does court ordered mediation work in Florida?

Court-ordered mediation must begin with an introduction by the mediator explaining the process and the role of the mediator. Among other things, the mediator should explain that the parties make the decisions, not the mediator.

Can a mediator repeat what you say in a caucus?

This separate meeting is called a caucus . Generally, unless you give the mediator permission to repeat what you say in caucus, the mediator is prohibited from sharing what is discussed. If you are represented by a lawyer, you and your lawyer will decide how the two of you will interact during the mediation.