Mediation is a member of the family of ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’; it is an “alternative” to resolution by trial.
At mediation those having a dispute come together with a “Neutral”; this Neutral is there to conduct the Mediation and to “facilitate” the parties reaching a resolution. The Neutral is NOT a Judge or an Arbitrator and will not impose any terms of settlement.
Mediation is a confidential negotiation process; things said and done at mediation are not admissible in court. Through the process the mediator remains a neautral enabling the parties to identify interests and explore a broad range of options that could resolve their dispute(s). Of all ADR processes, mediation promotes the parties’ maintaining the greatest control in the problem solving process; it is a VERY REAL opportunity for the parties to “do their own thing” to end their dispute.
See: “Freq. asked questions about mediation” and 6th Judicial ADR below
Fulton County Mediation
Dekalb County Mediation
Cobb County Mediation
6th Judicial ADR
7th Judicial ADR
9th Judicial ADR
Listing of all court sponsored mediation programs in Georgia