Showing posts from October, 2015

Top 10 Songs about Divorce - 2014

Top 10 Songs about Divorce - 2014Also see our blog on the Top 10 songs about conflict – 2014.

Managing Ourselves in Mediation: Boundaries for Mediators

Managing Ourselves in Mediation: Boundaries for Mediators and Conflict CoachesWhat are boundaries in conflict resolutionSimilar to boundaries between nations or property, interpersonal and professional boundaries have many benefits. Boundaries in mediation, conflict coaching and conflict resolution in general can:
Help our clients resolve conflict (see setting boundaries to resolve conflict)Help us define our own limitsHelp us know when our limits have been passed or violated Help others understand our limits and ensure that they respect themHelp us maintain power and take responsibility for what we are responsibleEncourage others to take responsibility for what they are responsibleEncourage stability in relationshipsProvide a way for parties to learn to trust one anotherEnsure safety is protectedAll of these apply in the context of conflict resolution. Boundaries benefit both client and professional. Without boundaries, we are simply other people in the lives of our clients. We might …

What to Expect in Mandatory Mediation in Small Claims Court

A Guide to Settlement Conferences in Ontario for Self-Represented LitigantsThis blog is to help you prepare to attend a mandatory mediation session in relation to a legal dispute. What is a Settlement Conference?Every disputed action brought in Small Claims Court in Ontario must participate in mediation. This mandatory mediation is known as a settlement conference and is regulated by Rule 13 of the Rules of the Small Claims Court
The settlement conference is administered by Small Claims Court and the mediator is a Deputy Judge. It is an informal discussion with a knowledgeable, neutral, third-party, in contrast to a trial.

The Purpose of the Settlement ConferenceAccording to Rule 13.03 of the Rules of the Small Claims Court: The purposes of a settlement conference are, (a) to resolve or narrow the issues in the action; (b) to expedite the disposition of the action; (c) to encourage settlement of the action; (d) to assist the parties in effective preparation for trial; and (e) to provide ful…