Many court systems require that a case go before mediation before it can proceed with a trial. Mediation is a meeting with the parties and their attorneys to reach an amicable settlement in the case. Mediation sessions can be conducted with all parties in the same room, via teleconference or parties separated. A mediator, a third party to the case, will conduct the proceedings and encourage a compromise of the parties typically through a written or oral recommendation. Mediation can bring an adequate resolution to the case without the cost and long time frame associated with a trial.