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Agenda for Preliminary Meeting

Exact procedures may vary, depending on the issues and parties involved, but a preliminary meeting will generally involve the following items:
  • Initial contact with the parties.
  • Educating the parties about the process and establishing the ground rules for mediation.
  • Begin to set the tone for effective mediation.
  • Identifying the time, venue and attendees.
  • Identifying the information needs of the parties and the mediator.
  • Obtaining mediation briefs from each party.
  • Establishing credibility of the process and the mediator.
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