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What We Do

Purposes of the Georgia Mediators Association

  • To facilitate the exchange of knowledge, information and ideas between professionals engaged in the practice of mediation.
  • To provide continuing education in areas of interest, expertise and ethics related to the mediation profession.
  • To educate and inform the public about the mediation process and to assist them in locating mediators practicing in their cities and communities.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that offers an alternative to the traditional investigative and litigation processes. Mediation is an informal process in which a trained mediator assists the parties in reaching a negotiated resolution to disputed issues. Mediation gives the parties the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the dispute, clear up misunderstandings, determine the underlying interests or concerns, find areas of agreement and to mutually agree to a binding settlement of their dispute. The mediation process is a confidential settlement negotiation and provides a level of privacy not available in other dispute resolution processes.

What is a Mediator and What Do They Do?

A mediator is a neutral person who is specially skilled and trained in helping disputing parties reach a voluntary, negotiated agreement. A mediator does not decide who is right or wrong and has no authority to impose a settlement on the parties. Instead the mediator assists the parties in jointly exploring their dispute and helps them reach a mutually acceptable resolution.

Advantages of Mediation:

  • Fair and Neutral – Parties have an equal voice in the process and decide the terms of any settlement. There is no determination of fault by the mediator.
  • Saves Time and Money – Mediation usually occurs early in the dispute process. Most mediations are completed in one session lasting less than a day. Legal representation at mediation is optional but not required.
  • Confidential – All parties sign a confidentiality agreement. Statements made by the parties during mediation and offers of settlement will not be disclosed. The terms of a mediated settlement will not be disclosed without the parties' consent unless disclosure is required or compelled by law.
  • Avoids Litigation – Lengthy litigation CAN be avoided or minimized. Mediation can resolve a dispute without the need for filing a lawsuit, or can put an end to a lawsuit that has already been filed.
  • Improves Communication – Mediation provides a neutral and confidential setting where both parties can openly discuss their views and positions regarding the underlying dispute. Enhanced communication can lead to a mutually acceptable resolution.
  • Creative Solution – A neutral third party assists the parties in reaching a voluntary, mutually acceptable resolution. Mediation can resolve all issues important to the parties, not just the underlying legal dispute.
  • High Rate of Satisfaction – An independent survey showed 96% of all respondents and 91% of all disputing parties who used mediation would use it again if offered.