If the mediation doesn’t resolve the dispute and I end up in court, can I hire the ControlAltDispute mediator to represent me?
If I’m having a dispute with my brother in the church, can we both come to you without lawyers and have you give legal advice to both of us?
Can you help out a Christian businessman who would like to ‘build into’ his contracts some form of Christian alternative dispute resolution?
In some instances, non-parties may be present for some or all of the mediation, though this is generally discouraged. If a party has a particular felt need for a non-party to attend, this should be brought to the mediator’s attention as soon as possible.
For mediations, it is important to have a conference room sufficient to accommodate all the parties at one time for the initial part of the mediation, plus separate rooms for the parties to discuss things privately. (In other words, for a typical two party mediation, one conference room and one additional meeting room would be required.) These “caucus” rooms are where the parties typically spend most of their time. For arbitrations, on the other hand, the large conference room is the only real “need.” (Family law mediations are often conducted in two separate rooms for the entire mediation, depending upon a number of factors often found in family law situations.)
ControlAltDispute has the necessary conference and meeting rooms available, plus plenty of free, covered parking, and a full delicatessen downstairs. Sometimes it makes sense to conduct the mediation or arbitration at the church or business, all depending upon the parties’ perceived needs and the availability of necessary space.
Having said that, there are some very limited exceptions where confidentiality is not preserved such as disclosure of plans to commit violent crimes, etc.
If you have any specific concerns about confidentiality, be sure to raise the topic with your counsel ahead of time.