Mediation is not a trial.

The mediator is not a judge, there will be no cross-examination and no witnesses will be called.

Mediation is not arbitration.

The mediator will not form an opinion of the rights and wrongs of the dispute and then seek to impose what he or she believes to be the appropriate solution.

It is not the mediator’s dispute

It is the participants’ dispute.  The solution must come from the participants and only the participants.  The mediator will facilitate finding that solution, but he or she won’t suggest or impose a solution.

Mediation is not a fishing trip for information

which can then be used in court. The process is entirely confidential and is conducted without prejudice. That means that no-one may use any statement made during the mediation process without the express permission of the person who made it.