Mediators have duties to the parties, to their profession, and to themselves.
They should be honest and unbiased, act in good faith, be diligent, and never
seek to advance their own interests at the expense of the parties.
(2) The mediator must maintain impartiality
toward all parties. Impartiality means a commitment to serve all mediation
parties as opposed to a single party. The mediator should disclose to the
parties any affiliations which the mediator may have with any participant and
obtain all parties' consent to proceed as mediator.
(3) The mediator has an obligation to assure
that all parties understand the nature of the mediation process, the procedures
to be utilized, and the particular role of the mediator. Each party's consent
to proceed with mediation should be obtained early, prior to the beginning of
mediator shall inform the parties of their rights to withdraw from mediation at
any time and for any reason. If the mediator believes that the parties are
unable or unwilling to participate effectively in the mediation process, the
mediator should suspend or terminate the mediation. If the parties reach a
final impasse, the mediator should not prolong unproductive