As a 15-year volunteer with Creative Mediation Services and the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, I was pleased to see your article laying out some of the advantages of choosing the mediation route (“What happens when you go to small claims court,” July 15).
Wherein the disputants are privileged to work out a solution with a neutral, trained mediator.
Solutions are normally accepted by the judge, thus easing the logjams that can slow down the judicial process and often block human understanding of the conflictresolution process that might otherwise open up fresh avenues of thinking. In cases of failure of mediation to work toward those ends, the disputants can at any time opt for direct appeal to the judge to hear their case.
Mediation proves that given goodwill and an opportunity to open the “other side” to a reasonable explanation, humans can rise to their personal best to resolve even difficult situations that one might think beyond the reach of ordinary people or even experts.
I salute those who weekly come to court open to the idea of letting down their prejudices or barriers in a dialogue that an old American proverb described as “the anvil upon which the spark of truth is struck.”