Mediation under these rules involves a confidential process whereby a neutral mediator, selected by the parties or appointed by the court, assists the litigants in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement agreement. It is an informal and non-adversarial process. The mediator does not decide the issues or bind the parties to a decision after a contested hearing. The role of the mediator includes assisting the parties in identifying the issues, fostering joint problem solving, exploring settlement alternatives, and aiding the parties in reaching an agreement. Parties and their representatives are required to mediate in good faith.
Additional information on Civil Mediation can be located in Article VIII of the Local Rules of the First Judicial Circuit