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NCJ Number: 99732 Find in a Library
Title: Mending Fences - Mediation in the Community
Journal: Trial  Volume:21  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1985)  Pages:30-34
Author(s): J Etheridge
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 4
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses the types of disputes amenable to mediation, examines the benefits of mediation, and describes some programs.
Abstract: Mediation is particularly valuable in settling minor civil disputes such as those between neighbors or in negligence cases. Mediation provides an efficient, inexpensive means of resolving conflicts that is nonadversarial, acknowledges the importance of continuing relationships, and is more likely to result in a decision aggreeable to the disputants and by which they will abide. The mediator may help disputants be more effective negotiators, offer new sources of information and ideas, and serve as a scapegoat to unite the disputants. The Neighborhood Justice Center in Atlanta has been successful in using volunteer mediators to resolve court-referred disputes. Participation is by consent of the parties, and unsettled disputes may be sent to court for resolution. One issue that must be dealt with is the determination of which cases are suitable for mediation. In Atlanta, judges, clerks, and intake workers meet to decide which cases should be referred to the center. In New Jersey, a retired judge reviews cases after appeals are filed and makes mediation referrals. Another alternative is the use of mandatory mediation or coercive penalities to encourage resolution through mediation. New ideas and experimentation should result in new methods that lead to greater access to efficient and equitable conflict resolution. Included are 15 footnotes.
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Community conflict; Conflict resolution; Mediation; Neighborhood justice centers
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