Mediation is very fast, effective and affordable when compared to a court trial or jury trial. Many cases are settled in a mediation setting. Mediation generally consists of both sides and their counsel coming together and exchanging information confidentially, in an effort ascertain the viability of the merits of their cases, with the hope of settlement. Mediation can benefit the litigant toes; a settled cases will avoid the protracted time and expense of a trial and litigants can avoid the emotional toll of trial. The neutral party in the mediation is often a retired judge or experienced lawyer, whose goal it is to bring all sides closer to agreement on the case, or in some cases, a specific issue. During a mediation, all sides get an opportunity to evaluate witnesses, hear the evidence, obtain a better understanding of the arguments, and (attempt to) predict the results of trial.