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Court Ordered Mediation – Why Mediation Is Never A Waste of Time

Prasse-Anderson Law Oct. 13, 2023

Going through a legal dispute is never easy, but what happens if the judge orders you to mediation? Mediation is rumored to be a waste of time but, truthfully, it's often a more affordable and efficient way to resolve disputes than going through the trial process. This is why mediation is seldom a waste of time, even if it is court-ordered. 

We're here to discuss the main reasons why mediation is a beneficial process and should never be seen as a waste of time. If you'd like to speak with a legal professional, reach out to us at Prasse-Anderson Law in Tampa, Florida. Our mediator is happy to answer any questions about court-ordered mediation and how it could benefit your situation. 

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process designed to resolve legal conflicts in a fair and neutral manner. It provides an avenue where everyone involved can have equal influence over the settlement terms, thus fostering a sense of ownership and satisfaction with the outcomes. 

Mediation is often (but not always) voluntary. It's a great alternative to traditional legal proceedings, offering a fair, efficient, and confidential way to resolve disputes and find mutually agreeable solutions. Sometimes local jurisdictions assign cases to mediators when the parties involved have failed to come to an agreement without any legal intervention. In these instances, mediation wouldn't be considered voluntary; it'd be considered court-ordered. 

Understanding Court-Ordered Mediation 

Mediation will likely get court-ordered when a dispute has failed to get settled via other methods. Court-ordered mediation usually comes into play after a case has been filed, marking a distinct difference from voluntary mediation which can be initiated at any time, even prior to filing a case. 

When mediation is mandated, the parties may feel as though they have less control over the process, because the court determines key aspects such as scheduling, location, and even the choice of mediator. This differs from voluntary mediation where parties have more flexibility and can opt for mediation even before a case is officially filed. 

Also, it’s worth noting that in certain states, the court can mandate the parties' involvement in mediation for a specified duration. This further underscores the obligatory nature of court-ordered mediation. 

If you find yourself in a situation where mediation could be beneficial, our team offers a client-centric approach, clear language, and a wide range of services to guide you through this process. We're here to provide professional, credible advice tailored to your unique circumstances. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance on mediation and other legal matters. 

Why Mediation Is Never a Waste of Time

So without the usual benefits of flexibility and having a sense of control over the process, is court-ordered mediation just a waste of time? Why not just go to court?  

Well, mediation is never a waste of time. In fact, it could literally save you time in the long run. Even when court-ordered, the mediation process still exhibits numerous benefits, especially when compared with a traditional trial.  

Mediation Is Confidential and Non-Judgmental.

Mediation sessions are conducted in private, and confidentiality is strictly enforced. It provides a safe space to address concerns, feelings, and interests that cannot be discussed in court, due to the public nature of court proceedings. This helps ensure that the parties' interests are protected and the process is non-judgmental. 

Mediation Saves Time.

Mediation sessions can often be conducted within a few hours and, occasionally, resolved in a day. In contrast, court cases can take years, with no resolution being offered until the end. You’d spend all that time and money going to court, and it may not even amount to a solution that benefits you. 

Mediation Facilitates an Amicable Resolution.

Mediation ensures that both parties have a say in resolving their issues. They are compelled to engage in a discussion that allows them to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. This helps participants establish better communication with one another, develop practical resolutions, and find an agreed-upon settlement. Ultimately, participants remain in control of their decision-making and are more likely to comply with the terms of the agreement. Because of this, participants are more likely to sustain relationships with one another than had they gone through a lengthy and exhausting trial process.  

Questions? Consult an Experienced Mediator.

Court-ordered mediation is not just another step in an already-complex legal process. It’s still a resolution method that can help disputing parties come to an amicable agreement that is faster and much less expensive than prolonged legal proceedings. Mediation is a valuable tool that is underutilized in legal circles, and it is essential to understand its many benefits.  

Contact us at Prasse-Anderson Law in Tampa, Florida. We're here to answer your mediation questions and walk you through your options. We work with individuals and businesses throughout Pasco County and Pinellas County.