8. What is mediation?
This is basically a form of alternative dispute resolution where a neutral third party will facilitate the negotiations between the parties in a lawsuit. The main goal of mediation is to determine if there are common areas between the parties, and if so, whether the parties can come to an understanding without using the formal court process. In Ontario, depending on which jurisdiction you are in, mediation is a required part of your case. However, it is often recommended that mediation be used, even if it is not a requirement.