Mediators are very important to our legal system. Mediation is a relatively new area of the legal system, and has several benefits for those seeking to settle civil disputes as expeditiously and inexpensively as possible. Mediators can be used to help settle disputes such as custody agreements out of court, which will save the opposing parties both time and money, while providing them with the satisfaction of having their disputes settled.
Often the courts offer mediation as a prerequisite to filing for divorces and similar civil matters, in order to help the opposing parties reach common grounds on the terms of their divorce agreement as well as to lessen the time and paperwork required from the already overburdened civil court system. Mediators are also sought out to help to mediate other civil matters, such as property disputes and civil suits that are filed for other reasons such as negligence. In these cases, mediators are used to help the opposing individuals come to an agreement as to what will be a fair and just settlement of the case in question, which serves to save the opposing sides time and money so they can reach a speedy agreement in the settlement of their case. Although mediators help the opposing sides to reach an agreement concerning their case, only a judge can enter a ruling to close the case and have it filed with the clerk of court.
The best place to find a mediator is at your local civil court, where there are usually a number of mediators on hand. The mediators found in the civil court system have been trained and certified as mediation professionals, and are usually the most qualified to handle the cases in question. Mediators are usually listed in the civil court directory of your local phone book, or they can be reached by contacting the clerk of court, who can easily direct you to an available mediator. Court mediators are trained to handle a variety of different cases, and are willing to set appointments when their services are requested.
If you don't desire a court appointed mediator, you may choose any person that you desire to mediate your case, as long as both of the opposing parties sign a written statement agreeing that the decision reached through this form of mediation is binding and will be followed.