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LCivR 16.3 Voluntary Facilitative Mediation

16.3      Voluntary Facilitative Mediation

  1. Definition - Voluntary Facilitative Mediation (VFM) is a flexible, nonbinding dispute resolution process in which an impartial third party—the mediator—facilitates negotiations among the parties to help them reach settlement. VFM seeks to expand traditional settlement discussions and broaden resolution options, often by going beyond the issues in controversy. The mediator, who may meet jointly and separately with the parties, serves as a facilitator only and does not decide issues or make findings of fact. Cases will be assigned to VFM only if the presiding judge is satisfied that the selection of VFM is purely voluntary and with full approval of all parties.
  2. Program description - Procedures and other details regarding the VFM process are governed by the program description, available on the court’s website.
Date Last Modified: 
January 1, 2019