The CAA established a mediation center in May 2003, to manage all mediation cases referred to the CAA. Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding and private ADR process in which a neutral mediator assists the parties to reach a negotiated settlement. A mediator is a trained neutral third party who will evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the
legal positions and will offer options for settlement leading the parties to use their best efforts to reach a mutually agreed upon solution. Still, the mediator has no power to impose a settlement. Instead, parties must agree to reach an agreement themselves. Once the parties agree to settle, the settlement agreement is a legally enforceable contract.