The Case for Mediating Small Claims

An elderly lady is screaming at her adversary across the table. She’s calling the defendant names, threatening him, pounding on the table, and otherwise acting clearly outraged. She brings up his character – he is a liar and a thief, and she hopes he will suffer greatly from his abuse of her. The final agreement, mutually agreed-upon in mediation, without a judge? A mere $100 to settle the dispute. Parties go home relatively satisfied and ready to move on. How is this possible? Was the entire scene necessary for just $100? Neither party appeared desperate for this money. So why […]