More NWA conflicts trying mediation over litigation

Parties cite cost, caseloads and compromise

Posted: October 2, 2017 at 1:04 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Jon Comstock gears up July 20 to talk simultaneously with parties in New Jersey and Arkansas. He’s shown here in his downtown Rogers office.

Court battles scared his clients, Scott Smith said, even when they won.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Jon Comstock works July 20 at his office in downtown Rogers. Here he holds a conference via computer with parties i...

Mediator standards

To be certified, a mediator must meet specific education, training, practical experience, and ethics standards. The standards vary depending on the category of certification. The categories of certification correspond to the divisions of the circuit court: civil certification, probate certification, domestic relations certification, and juvenile certification.

Source: Arkansas Access and Visitation Mediation Program

Mediation v. arbitration

Mediation involves a third person who attempts to help resolve a legal matter between two parties.

Arbitration involves the parties agreeing to allow someone acting as a judge to hear the case and then make a decision. The parties then have to abide by the decision.

Source: Staff report

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