No matter the reason for going to mediation; it’s important to have a mediator who is right for your case. Often, the judge will require mediation before allowing a case to proceed to trial. Sometimes the parties will attempt an early mediation in an effort to avoid significant litigation expense. Occasionally, parties may wish to mediate for reason other than attempting to resolve the case.
For instance, the parties may wish to mediate to learn more about the strength and weakness of the other side’s case. One party may wish to mediate in order to demonstrate how strong their case is. Or a party may wish to mediate to determine if a settlement is possible in the future, even if not immediately available during the first mediation conference.
Whether you wish to mediate to capture a settlement or to explore the case in more detail, you should be sure and pick a mediator who is right for the case.