A way for two parties to resolve a dispute out of court with the help of a neutral third party (the mediator).

A mediator will actively participate in the discussion and direct both parties toward a fair agreement. Many people choose mediation over litigation because it's usually cheaper and quicker than going to court.

Many, but not all, mediations end with a settlement. Mediation should not be confused with arbitration, in which the neutral third party acts more as a silent judge than a third voice in the dispute's discussion.