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On 2020 I was included in the List of Mediators of the Republic of Lithuania. I specialize in real estate, architecture, construction, land use planning, copyright fields.

Mediation is a method of dispute resolution in which one or more mediators help the parties to settle the dispute peacefully. It is understandable that usually it is difficult for conflict parties to come to peace and find a solution, but with the help of the mediator and the willingness of the parties, this may become possible.

Mediation is characterized by:

Volunteering – parties participate in mediation voluntarily and may withdraw at any time. The same principle applies to the mediator.

Confidentiality – all information learned during mediation is considered confidential: it cannot be passed on to anyone without the permission of the party, this information cannot be used as the evidence, the mediator cannot be questioned in court as a witness.

Impartiality, neutrality of the mediator - the mediation process can only be conducted by an impartial person who does not feel favored by any party, free from their influence. Any relationship between the mediator and the parties must be disclosed in advance, the mediator can be selected only with the consent of both parties.

Informality – unlike in court, there are no strict rules in mediation; they are defined at the beginning of the mediation by the mediator and the participants themselves. This process is flexible, responsive to the needs of the parties and responsive to the process.

Cost effective – mediation can save you a lot of time and money. The length of the proceedings depends largely on the parties' efforts to find a settlement, and mediation costs are less than the costs that may be incurred in litigation.

Honesty – both the mediator and the parties must do their utmost to ensure that mediation is conducted in good faith, without deception or manipulation. The mediator is also required to disclose any information what is important to the parties for their choice of mediator or other means of dispute resolution.

Acceptability – in mediation, the decision is not "downplayed" by a third party, but made by mutual agreement between the parties. The party involved in the mediation can be assured that it will not have to enforce decisions to which it will not give its consent.

The principles of equality of the parties, cooperation, objectivity, the reality of decisions and other principles are also applied in mediation. A mediation settlement, approved by a court, acquires the force of a court judgment.

Mediation has been used in Lithuania before, but lately it is growing in popularity, and the state is promoting it by various means (suspension of statute of limitations, stamp duty, etc.), so if you are considering this, I invite you to contact to get answers to your questions and maybe try this possibility.

Daiva Veličkaitė architect | lawyer