The career cluster on which I chose to do my report is that of arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators. Individuals in these positions are facilitators of negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue, and they are charged with the duty of resolving conflicts outside of court by achieving mutual agreement of all of the parties involved. Mediation is one of the forms of alternative dispute resolution meant to resolve any and all disputes between two parties with concrete effects. Mediators reduce the cost of the United States judicial system, making courts cheaper for both the state and the plethora of plaintiffs and defendants who bring cases into the court system. If a case is resolved before going to court through mediation, a
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While this may seem like a lot of qualifications, mediators for even higher levels in the judicial system require even more observation hours, such as the 52 hours of certified training with special components that is mandatory for all circuit court-family mediation. Just as our judicial system requires higher training at higher levels, the system of mediation advances the same way. While only a Bachelor’s degree is required for any of the state courts, education for mediators does not end there.
In their daily work, mediators are expected to have the ability to confer with individuals who disagree with one another in order to clarify issues, identify any underlying problems involved in said issues, and develop an understanding of each individual’s needs and interests. Mediators use the mediation techniques learned while earning their bachelor’s degree and during their training in order to coax the two parties under their guidance into a mutual agreement and understanding. Additional tasks include evaluating any documents presented, such as personal records, applications, or birth or death certificates, and interviewing the people making claims