Mediation in Texas began to flourish in June 1987 with the passage of Chapter 154 of Title 7 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures (Texas ADR statute). It changed the face of Texas jurisprudence and is now thoroughly integrated into the justice system. Mediation helps avoid the creation of more expensive courts and serves an expanding population’s need for efficient justice. It is believed that mediation leads to resolution approximately 80 percent of the time. It is said that you can’t take a case to trial without mediating at least once; less than 4 percent of civil disputes go to trial in Texas state courts. Here are seven characteristics that make mediation work for the parties and the judicial system.
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