Confidentiality of information learned in a mediation process is an ethics issues that mediators address at various stages, including:
  • the mediator's opening statement,
  • joint and private sessions
  • discussions of any settlement, and
  • after conclusion of a mediation session. 

State law on mediation confidentiality varies, so state laws and rules are the starting point for any discussion of confidentiality.  The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution's advisory opinions may also offer insight.  For example, on May 13, 2009, Section's ethical guidance committee issued an advisory opinion on whether a mediator may disclose certain information learned during a private confidential caucus in a mediation.  For more information, go to the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Committee on Mediator Ethical Guidance advisory opinion.

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