How Mediation Differs From Arbitration?

How mediation differs from arbitration can be difficult to see at first. In mediation the parties choose a mediator and work through a process to come to an agreement; it is a facilitated negotiation. Mediations result in the parties reducing their agreements into writing and are private.
In arbitration the parties to a dispute pick an arbitrator who is in control of the process and the ultimate outcome; it is a private trial. The decisions made by the arbitrator are public and final.
Mediations and Arbitrations have vastly different rules.

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