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A mediator's opening statement is an essential part of the mediation process. It sets the tone for the entire mediation session, ensuring that parties understand the nature, purpose, and rules of the mediation. Here's a general outline of what might be included in a stage of mediator's opening statement:
- Introduction: The mediator introduces themselves, their role, and the purpose of the mediation.
- "Hello, my name is [Mediator's Name], and I will be your mediator for today. My role is to assist and facilitate a discussion between both parties, helping you to find a mutually acceptable resolution."
- Confidentiality: The mediator emphasizes the confidential nature of the mediation session.
- "Everything that is said during this mediation is confidential. This means that any information shared here cannot be used as evidence in court should you decide to go to trial. The only exception is where there's an imminent threat of harm."
- Voluntary Participation: The mediator confirms that participation is voluntary.
- "Mediation is a voluntary process. Both parties are here because you choose to be. If at any time, either of you feel that the process is not working or you're uncomfortable, you have the right to end the mediation."
- Neutral and Impartiality: The mediator clarifies their role as neutral and impartial.
- "As your mediator, I am neutral. I do not take sides, offer legal advice, or make decisions for you. My primary role is to facilitate the conversation, ensuring that both parties have a chance to speak and be heard."
- Ground Rules: The mediator sets some ground rules for the discussion.
- "Let's agree to some ground rules: one person speaks at a time, no interrupting, no personal attacks or name-calling, and we'll respect each other’s perspectives even if we disagree."
- Process Explanation: The mediator explains how the mediation will proceed.
- "The process will start with each party having an opportunity to share their perspective on the issue without interruption. After that, we'll identify issues, explore options, and work toward finding a resolution."
- Commitment to the Process: The mediator might encourage parties to remain open and committed.
- "This is your opportunity to resolve the issues at hand. I encourage you to stay open, listen actively, and work collaboratively. Remember, the goal here is to find a solution that works for both parties."
- Opening the Floor: The mediator invites the parties to begin sharing their perspectives.
- "With that said, let's begin. [Party A], would you like to start by sharing your perspective?" You Can see this on arbitrationagreement.com
This is a general outline, and the exact wording or order can vary based on the mediator's style, the nature of the dispute, and the cultural or legal context in which the mediation is taking place at Arbitration Agreements .org.