Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method, (ADR) and one of the medium of settling cases that are filed in court as well as resolving disputes that never get to court.This process is informal in nature, saves time, money and the burden of going through hectic court system processes. It is a private means of resolving conflicts with the aim of reaching an acceptable settlement agreement and the process has the tendency of dealing with and resolving all grievance disputants have against one another whereas filing a lawsuit in court may not likely address all disputants concerns.
Mediation is used mostly to resolve all forms of business transactions and contracts dispute, domestic disputes and landlord-tenant relationship disputes such as rent, eviction and lease agreement disputes.The participants or parties involved in mediation just like in other alternative dispute resolution methods willingly decide to be part of the mediation process. The parties are introduced to a mediator who usually is somebody trained to resolve conflicts and at the end seek agreement that is acceptable to all disputants. If you are advice to settle your dispute out of court instead of having the actual trial in court before the judge they are suggesting you mediate first to see if the dispute can be resolved. The parties must know that mediators handling the dispute are in no position to tell them what to settle for or recommend an outcome. They are only there to assist the parties negotiate effectively by addressing all issues and concerns of both parties one after the other. This gives all disputants the opportunity to openly air and discuss their grievances which helps to ensure accurate communication and also assist the parties create solutions. If at the end of that mediation, the disputants still could not reach a mutually acceptable agreement the mediator can’t force or impose a result on them. It is only when all disputants accept an agreement that mediation is said to be concluded.
The parties that agree to go with mediation must know and understand that any agreement reached that is mutually accepted by all disputants is binding and enforceable in court if it does not lack any requirement for a contract. If a party fails to abide by the contract terms, the other party has an option of either remediating the dispute or enforcing the agreement in court.
In the event that a party is emotionally, financially and educationally stronger than the other. The mediator will encourage the participation of all the parties by meeting with each party separately and persuade them to consider and weigh all options. The mediator may suspend the process until all parties obtain their legal counsel, financial information or moral support needed to evaluate the case and make appropriate decision. The mediator ensures all parties understand the agreement and have carefully considered all alternatives and feel that the resolution represents their best option before the disputants accept an agreement.
Also in an extreme situation where inequality can’t be handled such as if there exist several deficiency in information, language barriers, physical abuse or mental problem. The mediator will inform the disputants to terminate the mediation, suggest parties obtain legal counsel and discuss other alternative dispute resolution options available.
Mediation is considered one of the best medium of settling disputes but the disadvantage of using mediation is that the result is meant to be secret and only bind the disputants to the settlement agreement which may not be the best solution to a dispute you want publicized to everyone to deter others from doing the same. It is worthy of note that mediation is voluntary and any party feeling disadvantage can leave at any time.
Here is a list of Citizens Mediation Centers in Lagos State Ordiez Resources got for you from CMC, Lagos State website with office address, telephone numbers and emails you can visit, call or write to resolve your disputes, conflicts or concerns before having a trial in the court of law.
1. Head Office
1 Motorways Center, Opposite 7up Bottling
Company, Alausa Ikeja Lagos
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ikeja, Alausa, Ketu, Ojota, Alapere, Olowura, Isheri, Berger.
2. Agege Office
201 Herbert Macauly Road, Opposite Police Station
Email : email@example.com
Agege, Ojokoro, Ogba, Ijaye, Iyana Ipaja.
3. Bariga Office
10 Akinsola Street, Off Oloja Street
Bariga, Somolu, Palm Grove, Onipan, Oworonshoki, Gbagada, Obanikoro.
4. Iba Office
Iba Local Development Govt. Council Area
Tel. 01 7358693
Igando, Iyana Iba, Iba, Ojo, LASU, Mile 2.
132, Lagos Road, Jumofak Bus Stop
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ikorodu, Owode, Majidu, Agric, Odongunyan, Igbogbo, Isawo, Ajegunle, Egbin, Ijede, Ewu-Elepe, Maya Adio.
6. Ikotun Office
Email : email@example.com
Ikotun, Ijegun, Idimu, Egbeda, Isheri, Shasha, Akowonjo, Ejigbo, Egbe.
7. Lagos Island Office
18 King George V Road, Onikan Lagos
Tel. 01 8958007
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Ibeju Lekki
Lekki Local Council Development Area, Lekki.
Email : email@example.com
9. Yaba Office
1, Herbert Macauly Road Opposite Adekunle Yaba
Tel. 01 8963966
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Yaba, Oyingbo, Ebute Metta, Ilupeju, Mushin, Surulere, Fadeyi, Ijesha Tedo, Lawson, Itire.
10. Badagry Office
Badagry Local Government, Zoglo Way
Email : email@example.com
11. Alimosho Office
Mosafejo Street, Near Taxi Park
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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