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Mediation is a confidential (private) meeting led by a mediator who does not take sides (remains neutral) and helps parties communicate effectively. 

Mediation is:
Voluntary: People are not required to participate in mediation, although they may have to show up if a judge orders them to attend.

Safe: People can have an open and honest conversation without fear that what they say will be repeated to the Judge or others. 

Collaborative: People involved in a case can try to reach agreement without a trial about any issues they are facing. 

Self-Directed: Participants have the power to consider available options and make their own decisions.

Informative: The mediation process allows people involved in a case to exchange and obtain information and provide input before making a decision.