Everyoneknows the dreadful feeling of making a court appearance even without havingpersonally done so. Standing before a judge while lawyers debate about whatwrong was done, and the formality of the situation only adds to the stress.What if there were a better way to deal with civil disagreements, instead ofgiving them the same attention as criminal courts. Where instead of having highpriced experts present augments that clog up the legal system, while costingtax payers vast sums of wealth.
Well there is a commonly used alternative tothe courts, which might prove faster as well as economical, this method ismediation. Mediation involves theparticipation of a neutral third party that assists with getting two opposingsides in reaching an agreement. Using the example of a divorce, which can dragon for years, the participates could have all property and items of monetaryvalue sorted, before appearing before a judge for something such as custody.The first benefit with this is mediator would not need to be a legal expertthat would require years of highly specialized training and could instead be asomeone more versed in conflict resolution, with less specialized training, andsignificantly less court room personnel needed. Secondly, opposing partieswould discuss what items mean the most to them, and divide the items themselveswithout complex time consuming legal strategies employed. In addition, sinceboth parties would be advocating for themselves and be in agreement as themediation progresses, there could be less animosity after it has beencompleted.
Finally, an agreement could be reached for the majority of issues eachparty has with one another, and whatever ever items cannot be agreed upon couldbe brought before a judge to decide.With mediation, most aspects of a civil casecould be determined before a judge or lawyers ever get involved. The courtswould be free of many time wasting cases, and instead only focus on the seriousaspects of a case. The money saved for not only the parties involved butsociety at large could be better spent elsewhere on other more pressing problems.This is why I think mediation should be required before going to civil court,and after a framework has been established, perhaps an exploration ofimplementing mediation in petty crimes or property damage can be examined