Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method in North Dakota.  At mediation, the parties are paired with a neutral mediator (meaning the mediator does not represent either party as an attorney or advocate).  At mediation, the parties discuss their positions and negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution.

If the parties reach agreement on some—or all–of their issues, the mediator will draft a statement outlining the agreement.  The mediation statement is not a binding court order.  Since the mediator does not represent either party, an outside attorney will need to be hired to draft the mediation statement into a binding document and order for the judge to sign.

Mediation in North Dakota (and elsewhere) is considered a confidential process.  This means neither the mediator nor the parties are permitted to talk about what happens at mediation in a courtroom.