Mediation is a form of dispute resolution and an alternative to litigation. In this type of proceeding, a neutral third party mediator is used to facilitate discussions between disputing parties.
All civil cases filed in Superior Court in North Carolina are required to go through a mediated settlement conference with a certified mediator. There are several benefits to using mediation. First, it is a structured, private and confidential process. In fact, if mediation does not resolve the problem and the parties go to trial, nothing said during the mediation process can be used at trial.
Secondly, mediation is often more affordable than the litigation process. This is because mediation can achieve resolution in a shorter amount of time, which means less money will be spent on hourly fees and court costs.
In addition, mediation increases the control parties have over resolution of disputed issues. Because a judge or jury is not making the decision, mediation is more likely to result in a solution that is mutually agreeable to the parties involved.
At Hutchens Law Firm, Bill Senter offers years of experience in dispute resolution and is certified in both mediation and arbitration. He brings the distinct ability to help parties think outside the box by employing specific techniques that will open and improve dialogue between the parties. His ultimate goal is to help reach an agreement that will bring satisfaction to those involved.