Do I have to attend a mediation in person, or can I send a representative?
Yes, you will be required to attend the mediation. The foundation for mediation is that the parties buy into the process and work together to come to a resolution.
The Importance of Personal Attendance in Mediation
You can also bring a lawyer with you to mediation, but both parties must attend. It is possible to attend mediation in person or virtually by video conference. This enables you to attend from anywhere in the world. Also, mediation can be done in separate rooms, or separate virtual “rooms”, so that the parties can be separated if it is too uncomfortable to be in the same space.
The Informal Nature of Mediation
In general, mediation is a process that is meant to be less formal than traditional litigation, and it allows the parties to have more control over the outcome of their dispute. The mediator will not make decisions for the parties or give legal advice, but rather will help them find common ground and work towards a resolution.
In summary, whether or not you have to attend a mediation in person or can send a representative depends on the laws and court rules in your jurisdiction. In general, attending mediation in person is recommended as it allows you to have a direct dialogue with the other party. However, in certain circumstances, it may be acceptable to send a representative, but they should be authorized to make decisions on your behalf, have a full understanding of your position and be able to effectively communicate it.
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