Community mediation

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The "community mediation" (or mediation of the citizen) is a way to resolve neighborhood disputes by appealing to people who are outside the dispute, without passing by the judicial system.

In disputes between neighbors, including noise pollution conflict, bad relationships between joint owners, disputes related to boundary marking, etc., the "community mediation" was in France initially implemented by associations, especially "Les Boutiques de Droit" (Law stores) which provide judicial information in order to prevent citizens from the heaviness of a legal procedure.



In France, the cause of development of this form of mediation was often to cope with the obstruction of the tribunals.

In California, USA, more specifically in San Francisco, the community boards have been developed. It is an institutional approach of dispute resolution which favors dialogue between rival gangs.


This form of mediation attracts mainly retirees and people involves in local associations.


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