What is Mediation?
"Mediation is an informal way for people to come together and talk through their conflict with the help of an impartial third party. During the mediation each person has the opportunity to vocalize their issues and concerns surrounding the conflict. The mediator helps each person evaluate their needs and goals for reaching a solution. All decisions are made by the pa rties, not the mediator."
How much Time is Involved?
"Since each conflict is different, the length of time and number of sessions may vary by the complesity of the issued involved. The average mediation lasts 2-3 hours."
Are Attendance and Resolution Required?
"Attendance is mandatory in most cases. Although the presence of an attorney may not be required, parties are encouraged to consult their attorneys throughout the process. The mediator will assist the pa rties in executing the necessary forms to complete the case. If an agreement is not reached, your case will continue through the normal judicial process. Although attendance is mandatory, resolution is not."
How is a Mediator Selected?
"The parties may select a mediator from the current directory of individuals certified by the A lternative Dispute Resolution Office. For a complete list of mediator names, find your county under "Select a Mediator" and click the link. All parties must agree on the mediator. If no such agreement can be reached, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office will assign a mediator randomly.:
How Much Will Mediation Cost?
"On average, mediators charge between $100 and $200 per hour. This cost is split equally between the plaintiff(s) and the defendant(s). Parties should be prepared to compensate the mediator at the ADR session. If a party feels that they cannot afford to pay for mediation, they may applyfor a waiver of the mediator's fees. App lications for this waiver must be made through the ADR Office prior to the scheduled mediation. Click Here for Fee Waiver Form."
Is Mediation Confidential?
"Mediators shall keep confidential any information pertaining to the actual content of the case from anyone outside the ADR session. The parties, court personnel or other observers are also bound by this high level of confidentiality. Procedural issues, however, may need clarification from the ADR office."
Rules & Procedures:
7th District ADR Office
Lookout Mountain Circuit ADR Office
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