Court fees, possible legal fees, cost of lost
work and time.
Directed by judge.
Adversarial by nature.
Decided by judge.
You win or lose.
None, discussion is public record.
Scheduled at convenience of court.
Process may be lengthy with multiple
Generally free. No legal fees. Session may be
scheduled during non-work hours or at
Directed by you and other party.
Cooperative by design.
Decided by you and the other party.
Scheduled at a mutually-agreed time
May involve only a single session.
Should I go to court or mediate?
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process that brings
people together to clarify issues, discuss
options and, if possible, reach an
agreement. It is a form of dispute
resolution that is an alternative to trial.
Mediation involves all parties in the
dispute working with a professional
mediator trained in conflict resolution.
Mediation is voluntary. All parties
involved in the dispute must agree to
mediation. However, by using mediation,
parties do not give up their legal rights. If
an agreement is not reached, parties can
still go to court.
When people bring their disputes to mediation,
they often develop creative solutions that last.
May I request mediation?
Yes. The District Court works with
mediation programs throughout the state
mediation is right for you.
refer you to a local program who will
continue the discussion and make
the Web at: www.marylandmediation.org
Who are the mediators?
Mediators come from all walks of life,
with diverse backgrounds and
experiences. Every mediator receives
extensive training in conflict resolution,
listening skills and working with people.
Mediators are trained to remain
neutral. They will not make decisions for
you, provide any legal advice or
recommend the terms of an agreement.
All communications with a