MEDIATION IS NOT ALTERNATIVE – IT IS THE MAINSTREAM SOLUTION
In a report this month, quoting Sarah Gonzales, Assistant Director of Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, USA, she said that recent studies of dispute resolutions show that 95% of them are not going to court but settled outside by negotiation, mediation or arbitration.
Not only is it cheaper and quicker than going to court, it is also confidential and a chance for the individuals involved to step up and take control of the dispute they are in to manage it as they feel fit. Ownership of the dispute remains with them and is not taken over by the lawyers as it would be in court. They not only get their own say but they also get to decide what happens rather than having a decision imposed upon them.
Mediation is mainstream and not alternative.
Surely mediated agreements of any kind are the way forward in the 21st Century?