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In some legal proceedings, independent, neutral mediators work to resolve issues so that they do not have to be resolved in court. This is not the same procedure that is employed in binding arbitration; mediation, if it failed to resolve an issue, would not prevent a claimant from then proceeding to court with a suit. This approach might be useful in giving an inmate an opportunity to air grievances and obtain relief, if their complaints are legitimate. Mediation is sometimes used in divorce proceedings to avoid a trial.
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