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How do meditation and arbitration help to relieve and over crowded court system?

And this isn’t my homework. I am actually finished with this class and am curious to know about the general public’s knowledge of its own government. I do plan to show my teacher the answers you’ve all given after the questions have been resolved.


  1. i think you mean mediation, not meditation.
    those are both processes where individuals are helped to find a solution between themselves through discussions and coundelling, and not necessarily needing a court judge or the use of the costly court system apparatus and personel.

  2. Mediation. This applies to Civil Actions only. In debt and family issues.
    As things get towards a hearing people become entrenched in their attitude when in actual fact the solution is clear if the parties take a step back. The arbitration enables the parties to do this and save the time and costs of a Court hearing and is not intended as a 50/50 split but rather an agreement which may be that one party agrees to settle the others claim in full or for the Plaintiff to withdraw. or even a compromise solution it saves the Court the time of hearing all the witnesses in a disputed case with cross questioning etc. The solution may well be what it would have been in court with less aggro

  3. I’m thinking you mean “mediation” not “meditation”… Mediation and arbitration can help relieve the overcrowded court system by taking cases that are rather uncomplicated and where there is no blatant hostility between the litigants and having them reviewed by independent mediators. Those mediators are traditionally attorneys, who are appointed by the court to conduct ‘interviews’ with litigants in an effort to come to a settlement by consent. It is a chance for people involved in a dispute to ‘lay their cards on the table’ before someone who has no ax to grind, and who will make recommendations to the parties for a resolution that will satisfy everyone. A perfect settlement is usually where both the plaintiff and the defendant feel that they could have done a little better. This actually saves litigants money and mitigates damages by not prolonging the matter and not racking up attorney fees, while also relieving the court calendar. Some of these cases are those you see on television!


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