John Hinkel, Jr. Will Serve On Mediation Guideline Revision Committee

"john-hinkel-fowler-bell-law"Attorney John Hinkel, Jr., will serve on the Mediation Guideline Revision Committee beginning in May 2013. The importance of the Guidelines Committee concerns the suggested minimum standards for training, experience, education and ethical conduct for mediators practicing in courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Mediation, as defined by the courts, is an "informal process in which a neutral third person, called a mediator, facilitates the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. The process is designed to help disputing parties reach an agreement on all or part of the issues in dispute. Decision-making authority remains with the parties, not the mediator. The mediator assists the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives. Parties should comply with orders of the court requiring participants in mediation to have settlement authority. See Kentucky Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Wright, 136 S.W.3d 455 (Ky. 2004)."

There are three mediation styles: facilitative mediation, evaluative mediation, and transformative mediation. The AOC maintains a Roster of Mediators who agree to comply with the suggested guidelines on www.kycourts.net.

Mr. Hinkel is a member of the Fowler Bell PLLC law firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights, Collections, Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolutions Groups.

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