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How Mediation Applies to Criminal Law

Mediation is most often seen in civil cases, such as family law. The common practise in criminal law is to hold pre-trial settlement discussions between defense counsel and the prosecutor, sometimes with the input of a judge. Neither the accused nor the alleged victim(s) are present.

During the settlement discussions, the judge's input tends to be limited to legal issues or practical issues related to the process, and the prosecutor may be constrained by government policies and guidelines. Contrast that with the role of your independent defense counsel, who has more latitude to bring creative proposals to pre-trial hearings.

We ensure that I know your objectives, values, and priorities before the pre-trial hearing.

You can reach me to discuss your case at 613.203.4874.