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Definition - What does Mediators mean?

A mediator is the person, generally a judge, lawyer, or non-attorney representative who conducts mediations. The goal of the mediator is to help the parties in a civil claim or dispute reach a resolution through mediation and avoid a trial or court hearing.

The mediator is a neutral, third-party negotiator. They must have excellent reasoning, problem-solving, and peace-making skills. Their job is to facilitate a decision which is agreeable to both parties. Unlike an arbitrator, however, they are not offering binding decisions. If the mediation is unsuccessful, the parties may continue to trial.

Job requirements of a mediator

Mediators are tasked with helping each party evaluate and assess the conflict and come to a resolution together. Mediators should create an environment which is conducive to discussion, they should help each party clarify the dispute and the desired resolution, they should keep the discussion on track, help each party communicate their concerns and priorities, and help each party reach an agreement.

Keep in mind, the mediator should remain neutral. They are not allowed to give legal advice or judge who is right or wrong. They are simply helping each party explore different options to resolve the conflict.

Mediators can review a wide variety of issues including labor conflicts, family conflicts, management issues, health care disputes, public policy issues, car accident claims, medical malpractice cases, and slander and libel cases.

How do I become a mediator?

Many mediators are judges or lawyers and have attended law school and hold a law degree. Other mediators have received other undergraduate degrees or have attended specialized training courses. Some states require mediators to be licensed; other states do not. Most states do, however, require a certain amount of training and require participants to maintain certain ethical standards.

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