Mediation - is the negotiation process between parties to the conflict with the focus on the development of a mutually agreeable solution, carried out with the help and support of a mediator.
Mediation includes preparatory activities and joint or individual meetings of the parties to the conflict with the mediator. If necessary, the most convenient format and pace of this procedure for the parties can be chosen, which favorably distinguishes mediation from court proceedings. By agreement of the parties and the mediator, mediation can take place offline (face-to-face) or online. In mediation, there can be involved specialists and experts.
Mediation does not deprive parties to the conflict (dispute) of the right to go to court, whilst this procedure has considerable advantages over court proceedings.
The legal regulations and procedure of conducting mediation in Ukraine as an extrajudicial procedure of conflict (dispute) settlement, its principles, the status of the mediator, the requirements for the mediator’s training, and other questions of corresponding matter are defined in the Law of Ukraine “On mediation” original Ukrainian / unofficial English translation.
Mediator has the right to provide parties to the mediation with advice and recommendations exclusively concerning the procedure of mediation and recording its results.
Mediator does not make a decision on the merits of a conflict and does not even provide any advice on such a decision.