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The goal of mediation is to provide a forum for the parties to work toward a voluntary, consensual agreement, under the guidance of a neutral third party – the mediator.  The mediator has no authority to make any binding decisions or impose a resolution. The role of the mediator ­ and the goal of the process ­ is to help parties achieve their own resolution.

Mediation is private and confidential, flexible and more informal than other processes. It is concluded expeditiously, allowing parties to settle the dispute or narrow their issues at moderate cost. The process is less adversarial than litigation or arbitration, and therefore less disruptive of business relationships.

CPR's Mediation Procedures below reflect the input and experience of the CPR Mediation Advisory Committee, a group of the nation's leading mediators. Additionally, CPR has promulgated procedures for expedited proceedings and specialty area disputes.