Mediation Versus Traditional Courtroom Litigation




Public service professional Jon Schorsch was formerly a sergeant at the Port of Seattle Police Department. Active in civil service, Jon Schorsch volunteers with Volunteers of America – Mediation, a service offered by the national nonprofit organization.

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution where a neutral third party helps individuals or groups in conflict come up with an agreeable solution. It can often serve as an alternative to the formal court process. Neutral mediators sit down with the parties in conflict and work together toward realizing a mutually agreeable solution.

Mediation has a number of benefits, including:

– Affordability 

It is more cost-effective to settle a dispute through mediation than through the court system. This is because there are no legal fees, court filing fees, or related litigation costs.

– Quick resolution of disputes

Mediation usually takes days or weeks, unlike the court process which can drag on for months or even years. Because it is informal, the parties can engage more and even set up a convenient schedule that allows them to dispense with the matter quickly.

– Confidential 

Unlike court proceedings which are public, mediation is usually conducted in a private setting.

– Win-win 

Mediators focus on helping the parties come up with a mutually agreeable solution. It is different from the court process, where a third party makes a final determination which may favor one side while leaving the other disappointed with the outcome.

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