Mediation in Italy

Italy has enacted various legislative measures to facilitate mediation. The earliest use of mediation in Italy started only a few years ago in domestic disputes; and currently, there is a growing awareness of the benefits of using alternative dispute resolution, including advantages in terms of time, money, confidentiality, and the ability to fashion creative solutions to disputes. Mediation, in particular, provides the parties with the opportunity to develop individual solutions to their disputes, which often leads to a higher level of satisfaction with respect to both outcome and process.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Which legal body in Italy is primarily responsible for overseeing mediation and what are its duties?
What role does the mediator play in the mediation process?
What are some of the obligations that must be adhered to by parties to mediation?
Does mediation allow a party to seek other remedies in the event that the mediation fails?

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