In Florida, the TV advertising lawyers talk a lot about settling cases. What you do not hear much about is whether, or when, settlement of a case must be approved by a court. Attorneys handling probate matters often are asked to assist in getting court approval when it is required.
When mediation is conducted, one of the first things that happens is that the parties and the mediator have an discussion about mediation in general and about the case in particular. That initial meeting is sometimes conducted with everyone in the same room together and in some cases with the parties in separate rooms. Either way, the mediator will usually explain to the parties a number of important points about mediation. Here is a sample of the types of things the mediator will point out to the parties and their attorneys:
In most areas of civil law in Florida, mediation has become the norm before a case can proceed to trial. As a result, understanding the mediation process can be useful to anyone involved in a civil court proceeding. This includes cases involving personal injury, divorce, contract disputes, etc.