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Mediation is another form of alternative dispute resolution that parties may use to settle matters out of court. In mediation a third party listens to both sides, focuses on the parties core issues and facilitates the parties' attempt to reach a settlement.
Mediation offers several potential advantages:
Timeliness: Mediation can almost always be done early in the case and well before a trial date would be available.
Cost: Mediation is usually less expensive than proceeding to trial.
Self-Directed: The mediator facilitates communication between the parties to help them reach their own settlement. The mediator may not impose his or her judgment upon the parties.
Neutrals on this roster are considered "qualified" under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts. Qualified neutrals are not certified or licensed in the field of ADR. In choosing an ADR neutral, you should inquire about the qualifications and experience of the neutral. Roster information is current up to the publication date displayed at the top of this document.