Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

In the state of Tennessee, mediations are authorized and guided by Tennessee's Supreme Court Rule 31.


This is a process where a neutral third party helps individuals make decisions that lead to a resolution of their differences. This is a confidential, result based process that underscores self-determination, respect, honesty and, privacy to address participants needs. 


 WHAT IS A MEDIATOR? HOW DOES A MEDIATOR WORK?  

A mediator is a person who uses a collaborative process to assists individuals in creating a forum to be heard and to make decisions about the outcome. 


Our mediators are Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed neutrals, whose primary function is to provide a confidential environment where open and honest discussions and informed decisions can be made by participants.   

  

WHAT IS "TENNESSEE'S RULE  31"?

In 1992 the Tennessee Supreme Court appointed an Alternate Dispute Resolution Commission (ADRC) to study various cost-effective and efficient ways to expedite and enhance dispute resolutions in Tennessee.


In 1994, among the Commission’s recommendations to the Court, was the adoption of methods additional to those used in the state’s civil courts of record. Subsequently, the Court passed Rule 31, incorporating most of the Commission’s recommendations and defining the standards and procedures for Rule 31 mediations.