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Dispute Resolution Fact Sheet
Arbitration is the submission of a dispute to one or more impartial persons for a final and binding decision. Through contractual provisions, the parties may control the range of issues to be resolved, the scope of relief to be awarded, and many procedural aspects of the process.
Chapter 7.04 RCWARBITRATION
Under Chapter 7.04 RCW, all arbitrations are final and binding unless there is arbitrator misconduct or the arbitrator obviously disregarded the law.
Mediation is a process whereby a neutral person – the mediator – assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution to their dispute. The mediator does not have the authority to make a binding decision, unlike arbitration, where the arbitrator renders a decision that is final and binding.
Any civil dispute between two or more individuals or groups is appropriate for mediation. All parties to the dispute must be able to comprehend and be willing to use the third party role of mediation. Thus individuals with impaired mental or emotional functioning often are unable to enter into productive negotiating. Also, individuals who have been part of a violent pattern of victimization usually are not able to negotiate in their best interests if they are the victims or stop intimidating behaviors if they are the persecutors. Such situations usually are not amenable to mediation.
What are Some Advantages of Mediation?
Parties are directly engaged in negotiating the settlement.
The mediator, as a neutral third party, can view the dispute objectively and can assist the parties in exploring alternatives that they might not have considered on their own.
As mediation can be scheduled at an early stage in the dispute, a settlement can be reached much more quickly than with litigation.
Parties generally save money through reduced legal costs and less staff time.
Mediators have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience.
Parties enhance the likelihood of continuing their business relationship.
Creative solutions or accommodations to special needs of the parties can become a part of the settlement.
Information disclosed during mediation may not be divulged as evidence in any arbitral, judicial, or other proceeding.
How Does Mediation Differ From Arbitration?
Arbitration is less formal than litigation, and mediation is even less formal than arbitration. Unlike an arbitrator, a mediator does not have the power to render a binding decision. A mediator does not hold evidentiary hearings as would an arbitrator but instead conducts informal joint and separate meetings with the parties to understand the issues, facts, and positions of the parties. In contrast, arbitrators hear testimony and receive evidence in a joint hearing, on which they render a final and binding decision known as an award. In joint sessions with each side, a mediator tries to obtain a candid discussion of the issues and priorities of each party. Gaining certain knowledge or facts from these meetings, a mediator can selectively use the information derived from each side to:
Reduce hostility between parties and help them engage in meaningful dialogue on the issues at hand.
Open discussions into areas not previously considered or inadequately developed.
Communicate positions or proposals in understandable or more palatable terms.
Probe and uncover additional facts and the real interests of parties.
Help each party to better understand the other parties’ views and evaluations of a particular issue without violating confidences.
Narrow the issues and each party’s positions, and deflate extreme demands.
Gauge the receptiveness for a proposal or suggestion.
Explore alternatives and search for solutions.
Identify what is important and what is expendable.
Prevent regression or raising of surprise issues.
Structure a settlement to resolve current problems and future parties’ needs.
Dispute Resolution Resources
American Arbitration Association (AAA)
1 Convention Place
701 Pike Street, Suite 950
Seattle, WA 98101-4111
Fax: (206) 343-5679
Resolution Washington: An Association of Dispute Resolution Centers