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In this section, you will find some background information about mediation and when it is used. Please navigate using the menu at the top, or in the side-bar.

New to Mediation?

One of the best official definitions of mediation is in the US Uniform Mediation Act:

“Mediation means any process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement…”

Mediation is often referred to as “ADR” – alternative dispute resolution.

To find out more about mediation, click on the following explanatory links to some of the leading non-profit bodies:

North America




Deciding to Mediate

Mediation is flexible and adaptable. The following links help to understand how and why it works and assist you in making a decision to mediate and finding the right mediator.