The Mediators and the parties will sit around a table in one of the Metropolitan Court’s Mediation Conference Rooms. You and the other party will have the opportunity to talk about what’s happened and what’s important to you. You’ll talk about different ways the case might be resolved. The Mediators will ask questions, try to help clarify issues, and try to make sure each party is understood and acknowledged.
ANY AGREEMENT YOU REACH IN MEDIATION IS VOLUNTARY. YOU WON’T BE REQUIRED TO AGREE TO ANYTHING UNLESS YOU WANT TO.
Whatever is said in Mediation (offers, etc.) cannot be used as evidence in Court.
Before entering into a settlement agreement, you may want to think about it for a day or two. You may want to talk with an attorney, your spouse, a family member, or friend, etc. before you make a final decision.
If you resolve your case through Mediation an Agreement will be signed by all parties and will become part of the case file unless the parties want the Agreement to be confidential. The case will not have to proceed to Trial, and a Stipulation of Dismissal will be signed.