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Public Understanding of Mediation

Public Understanding of Mediation

Do you think most people understand what mediation is?



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Well, in the early days when I used to do what was loosely termed “in-court mediation”, but it was actually “in-court assessment for mediation”, not in-court mediation. I remember the judges, this was like four or five years ago and again I can’t name them, but they said to me, “Well, that’s what we do. When we get them and bring them into the courtroom together, and we bang their heads together.” It’s like, “All right. Okay. That’s exactly what we do, Judge.”


So, I think the term “mediation” is not understood. It’s not understood by many mediators. It’s not understood by the public or by other professionals.

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Stephen is an accredited family mediator and a professional practice consultant who supervises other mediators. He is also a former solicitor and collaborative practitioner and writes and provides his own training for family mediators and collaborative lawyers. He belongs to the Family Mediators Association, Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution, and is a regular attendee and presenter on the UK and North American conference c... View Mediator