Mediation, which is the most effective approach to alternative dispute resolution, uses a third-party person to help parties reach a voluntary resolution. This informal and confidential process helps parties understand the interests and practical and legal choices of everyone involved, saving time and money, improving satisfaction with the court’s services and reducing future disputes and offenses. Although the parties--and not the mediator--actually decide on the solution, the mediator helps to improve communication and explore settlement options.
The Court of Claims partners with the Dispute Resolution Section of the Ohio Supreme Court for access to trained mediators. Parties may request mediation by motion or upon agreement. The Court will also, on its own motion, refer appropriated cases to mediation.
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