Mediators are responsible for resolving legal disputes between two or more parties. In a typical scenario, they act as a third party, not representing any one side of the dispute. The purpose is negotiating in a neutral and nonbiased manner.
The nature of these legal disputes may vary greatly, from commercial, diplomatic, and workplace conflicts to family and community cases. If successful, they can avoid the inconvenience of a trial between the involved parties, which is usually a mutually beneficial outcome. Unlike court cases with judges, conflicts with mediators are not ended with a resolution that puts one party at fault. Rather, they try to reach a non-litigious agreement, where neither parties are considered at fault. This work requires them to very thoroughly study and understand individual cases. Unlike public court cases, disputes involving mediators are completely confidential, so mediators are sometimes required to destroy all case notes following the resolution.
Mediators are often self-employed. Their work is indoors, usually in various neutral settings. In addition to this, they complete their own work and study in an indoor office. Their work requires frequent interaction with others, specifically with the parties they are mediating, which require patience, impartiality, and attention to detail. They usually work full-time hours at irregular times, but part-time work as a mediator is also viable. Mediators are usually attorneys who have passed the bar exam. Sometimes, they are former or aspiring judges. In various states, it may be required that they undertake various courses, such as that in mediation and confidentiality agreement.
Interview disputants to understand underlying issues and concerns and accurately relate their interests to other disputants.
Work independently to help disputing parties come to mutual agreements regarding disputes.
Set and attends meetings between disputing parties to facilitate communication and settle disputes.
Prepare agreements in accordance with relevant laws and attains signatures from disputants.