Mediation is a method of settling disputes with the assistance of a third party who helps the two sides talk about the problem, and work together to reach a solution acceptable to both.
Consider the Benefits of Mediation Before Litigating
- Mediation prevents disputes from escalating. It cultivates problem-solving skills and positive relationships within families, neighborhoods, businesses and communities.
- The cost is significantly less than repeated involvement by law enforcement and the courts.
- The likelihood that mediated agreements will be fulfilled is much higher than if a resolution is imposed by an outside party or judgement.
- The National Crime Prevention Council, together with community and county law enforcement personnel, believe that mediation is a key crime prevention tool.