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What is Neutral Evaluation? What is the Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration? Where Can I Mediate? When Can I Mediate? Why Mediate?

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Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration

Mediation is voluntary, private and confidential. Furthermore, in mediation, the parties, rather than the mediator, mutually decide how and even whether to resolve their dispute. In contrast, while arbitration may be voluntary and more or less private, it is not necessarily confidential, and the parties give authority to the arbitrator to make rulingsĀ and decide the outcome. During the arbitration hearing, an experienced neutral receives evidence from both parties (usually in the form of written submissions as well as oral testimony) and makes a binding decision in favor of one side or the other. Like mediation, arbitration is generally more informal, more personal and can be less expensive a process than preparing for and participating in a court trial.

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