102.3 Caucusing

The parties may retire to separate rooms for individual discussions with the mediator. These meetings are usually conducted on a strictly confidential basis, with provision that the mediator may not disclose anything that is said without specific authority from the relevant party. The mediator will encourage the parties to air their views and objectives and to consider settlement options and will go back and forth between the parties in an effort to narrow the differences between them1. Once the separate meetings seem to be generating settlement proposals acceptable to both sides, the mediator may decide to

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