• Mediation saved my costs and helped to avoid an expensive and prolonged litigation.
  • Mediation focused on my long term interests and created options for settlements.
  • Through mediation I opted for more by signing a settlement.
  • At the end of the mediation I actually shook hands with my opponents.
  • Mediation immediately put me in control of both my dispute and its resolution.
  • The law mandates mediation and the courts encourage and endorse it.
  • The mediation process is confidential, simple and the atmosphere is informal.
  • Mediation saved my precious time and energy.
  • Through mediation I could communicate in the real sence with the other side.
  • Mediation showed me the strengths and weaknesses of my case.
  • The mediation process was voluntary and I could even opt out of it any time.
  • Mediaton restored my broken relationship with my opponents
  • Mediation focused on improving my future not on dissecting the past

Benefits of Mediation

  • Cost: - The mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take years to resolve. Mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours. Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.
  • Confidentiality: - While court hearings are public, mediation remains strictly confidential. No one but the parties to the dispute and the mediator know what happened. Confidentially, in mediation has such importance that, in most cases the legal system can not force a mediator to testify in court as to the content or progress of mediation. Many mediators destroy their notes taken during the process, once that mediation has finished.
  • Control: - Mediation increases the control of parties over the resolution. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but control resides with the judge. Often, Judge can not legally provide solutions that emerge in mediation. Thus mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable for the parties.
  • Compliance: - Because the result is attained by the parties working together and is mutually agreeable, compliance with the mediated agreement is usually. This further reduces costs because parties generally do not have to employ an attorney to execute an agreement or decree of a Court.
  • Mutually: - Parties to mediation are typically ready to work mutually towards a resolution. In most circumstances the mere fact that, the parties are willing to mediate means that, they are ready to ‘move’ their position. The parties thus are more amenable to understanding the other party’s side and work on underlying issues to the dispute. This has the added benefit of often preserving the relationship the parties had before the dispute.
  • Support: - Mediators are trained in working with difficult situations. The mediators act as a neutral facilitator and guide the parties through the process. The mediator the process. The mediator helps the parties think “outside the box” for possible solutions to the dispute, broadening the range of possible solutions.

As observed by Former Chief Justice of US Supreme Court, Warren Burger:

“The obligation of the legal profession is to serve as healers of human conflicts ... we should provide mechanisms that can produce an acceptable result in the shortest possible time with the least possible expense, with the minimum stress on the participants. This is what justice is all about.”

It is because of these features and advantages, pros and cons of mediation on the one hand and litigation on the other that mediation has become immensely popular in our country.