What if I prefer to go to trial and do not want to mediate my case?

Source: North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission pamphlet “Mediated Settlement Conferences in Superior Court Civil Actions”

Once your case has been ordered to mediated settlement, you and your attorney must participate. However, if you believe there is some compelling reason why your case should not be mediated, you may ask the Court to exempt it. Do not be too quick to reject the mediation process. Even in cases where parties seem hopelessly at odds, a skillful mediator can sometimes find a way to get opposing parties thinking and talking about ways to resolve their dispute.

Attribution: Chief Justice Sarah E. Parker, Supreme Court of North Carolina, Judge W. David Lee, Chairman, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

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