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Mediation promises the speedy resolution of cases to thousands of litigants
December 5th 2013 Los Angeles, California.
Many people and businesses with disputes are turning to a process called mediation, a process that can save substantial time and money over going to court. According to Anthony Matthews, a mediator in Los Angeles, it’s actually possible to get a much more favorable resolution to a dispute using mediation.
“Two parties who can work things out between them, no matter what the compromise, are usually better off than letting a judge decide”, explains Matthews. “The parties can agree to the kinds of terms that cannot be considered in court”.
Mediation is a process whereby two parties negotiate an agreement with the help of a neutral third party, called a mediator, who acts as a go-between to help the parties work out how to resolve their situation. mediators are good at finding middle ground, and helping to explore other options and factors that the parties may not have considered.
For example, a common disagreement arises between a landlord and a tenant, after the tenant moves out. The tenant is expecting to get the security deposit back in full, but the landlord claims that there is damage to the premises, or that a cleaning or painting fee applies. “If the case goes to court, the only option is for the judge to award a particular amount of money – either all of the amount asked, or none of it, or more commonly somewhere in between”, says Matthews.
“However, a mediated agreement can include other provisions. Maybe the landlord will agree to provide a positive reference, or the tenant will agree to do some small repairs, in return for agreement on the amount to be refunded. In addition, a court judgment will quite often have a negative effect on an individual’s credit record, something which many people don’t appreciate. Working things out is usually a better option and something that should be at least tried”.
Mediators understand that two people in a dispute may have already tried to work things out, unsuccessfully. The two may not even be talking to each other. “This is not a problem”, says Matthews. “The mediator can talk to each of the parties individually, and act as a go-between until an agreement is reached”. In addition, everything said by either party to a mediator is confidential, so each can share background information that they may not want the judge or the other party to hear, which may help the mediator to lead them to a solution.
Many courthouses these days have mediators ready to help people work out disputes before they go before the judge. With wait times for court dates well over a year in some jurisdictions, mediation can be a much faster and more cost-effective solution. Search for a mediator online, or ask your local courthouse for a reference.