The role of the mediator is distinct from that of a judge or arbitrator in that mediators are not empowered to make decisions but only to guide the parties toward resolution of the dispute. The goal of mediation is to resolve conflicts while providing a forum for active participation and control by the parties themselves, with or without assistance from parties' attorneys.
In mediation of criminal disputes, an offender is expected to admit having done something wrong before mediation can begin. From that point forward, the mediator is neutral towards the parties as they work towards determining the best way for the offender to make amends.
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2007 dedicated to providing quality, accessible dispute resolution and training. The MMCC offers pro bono and sliding scale mediation services, a roster of mediators, and mediation training. For more information, visit the Center's website: http://www.mediationcentercharleston.org.