Mediation is a form of dispute resolution facilitated by a neutral third person, called the Mediator. This person assists the disputing parties in finding mutually acceptable solutions. It gives the parties the opportunity to discuss and clear their issues and find areas of agreement. If the parties reach an amicable solution, they may enter into a binding and enforceable compromise agreement.
Mediator is the neutral third person whom the parties agree to help facilitate their negotiation to meet an amicable solution. He facilitates the negotiation process without deciding on the issue because the outcome rests solely on the disputing parties’ decision. A lay qualified person may act as the mediator in the Court-Annexed Mediation.
Out-of-Court – Pre-litigation dispute mediation. Even though a plaint has been filed and the dispute is during the litigation process, the disputing parties can also agree to carry out the mediation without any court involvement.
Court-Annexed – conducted while the cases are still pending in court. It is a dispute resolution mechanism that can enable a convenient, speedy and efficient settlement. The disputing parties may meet a mutually satisfactory settlement in which there is no loser or winner from the outcome. Both parties can emerge as the winner with a win-win solution that can keep their long-term relationship. The compromise agreement can state the outcome of the Court-Annexed Mediation. This agreement acts as the court’s order. In case there is any party who fails to comply, the other party can start the legal execution process immediately.
In some circumstances, parties may prefer mediation than filing a lawsuit. It provides many significant advantages, including the following:
Reference: Mediation Center of Court (Pattaya Provincial Court)
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