A dispute resolution method designed to help warring parties resolve their own disputes without going to court. In mediation, a neutral third party, (the mediator) meets with the opposing sides to help them find a mutually satisfactory solution. Unlike a judge or an arbitrator, the mediator has no power to impose a solution. No formal rules of evidence or procedure control mediation; the mediator, the parties, and their respective counsel usually agree on their own informal ways to proceed.