What do Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators do?
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
- Use mediation techniques to facilitate communication between disputants, to further parties' understanding of different perspectives, and to guide parties toward mutual agreement.
- Confer with disputants to clarify issues, identify underlying concerns, and develop an understanding of their respective needs and interests.
- Prepare settlement agreements for disputants to sign.
- Set up appointments for parties to meet for mediation.
- Interview claimants, agents, or witnesses to obtain information about disputed issues.
- Apply relevant laws, regulations, policies, or precedents to reach conclusions.
- Conduct initial meetings with disputants to outline the arbitration process, settle procedural matters such as fees, or determine details such as witness numbers or time requirements.
- Evaluate information from documents such as claim applications, birth or death certificates, or physician or employer records.
- Authorize payment of valid claims.
- Conduct hearings to obtain information or evidence relative to disposition of claims.
- Rule on exceptions, motions, or admissibility of evidence.
- Prepare written opinions or decisions regarding cases.
- Determine extent of liability according to evidence, laws, or administrative or judicial precedents.
- Conduct studies of appeals procedures to ensure adherence to legal requirements or to facilitate disposition of cases.
- Issue subpoenas or administer oaths to prepare for formal hearings.
- Research laws, regulations, policies, or precedent decisions to prepare for hearings.
- Recommend acceptance or rejection of compromise settlement offers.
- Organize or deliver public presentations about mediation to organizations such as community agencies or schools.
- Specialize in the negotiation and resolution of environmental conflicts involving issues such as natural resource allocation or regional development planning.
- Participate in court proceedings.
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