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Restorative Circles are a productive, peaceful way for students to resolve differences, work out conflict and understand how behavior affects others. Probate Mediation allows family members to discuss emotional issues in a calm, safe environment. Community mediation, especially for those in Section 8 Housing, gives neighbors an opportunity to “talk things out” in a civil manner. Case Studies...
The 2014 Spring Event honored the Peacemaking Court with Judge Timothy Connors, in recognition of just and humane resolution of social conflict. This annual fundraiser helps the DRC to continue to fulfill its mission to build peaceful communities by offering a variety of affordable conflict resolution services and trainings.
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Mediation lets you own the decision-making process. The process is completely PRIVATE and remains CONFIDENTIAL.
- The decision-making process belongs to you. You decide how to best resolve your dispute. Unlike court, no one judges your problem and tells you what to do. You get to reach an agreement that you can live with.
- It works. Thousands of cases have been successfully mediated to all parties’ satisfaction. In court, someone wins, someone loses. The goal of mediation is to have all parties arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement.
- It’s affordable. Mediation service is less expensive than other venues. No one is refused service for inability to pay.
- It’s quick. When parties agree to try mediation, most disputes can be resolved within two weeks! A typical mediation session last less than two hours, but no time limits are imposed.
- It’s effective. About 70% of all mediations end in agreement. People are generally more satisfied with mediation than with small claims court.
- Protects legal remedies. If mediation doesn’t result in an agreement, you can still go to court.
- It’s convenient. You can mediate on weekdays, Saturdays and evenings to accommodate your schedule when necessary.
- It’s private. Everything said or used for purposes of reaching a settlement remains confidential and cannot be used in lawsuit.
- It avoids going to court. Mediation is not combative or adversarial like court can be; it helps protect and enhance relationships between people by providing a comfortable and safe setting for discussion.
- Mediation can help reduce the likelihood that the problem will occur again. In fact, you can even agree that if a problem occurs again, everyone will go back to mediation.
- It maintains relationships. A successful mediation avoids forcing parties into antagonistic positions, and allows existing relationships to be re-established.