FAQ > Alternative Dispute Resolution Q&A > When is mediation not appropriate?

Mediation may not be the most appropriate avenue for resolution in all cases. For example, it may not be appropriate in cases where:

• A definitive or authoritative resolution of the matter is required;
• The matter involves or may bear upon significant questions of government policy that require additional procedures before a final resolution may be made;
• Maintaining established policies that apply to many people is especially important;
• The matter significantly affects persons or groups who are not parties to the process;
• A full public record of the proceeding is important.