At what stage can parties mediate a case or arbitrate a case?
Parties may agree to mediate a case long before it is even a case; they can agree to mediate a claim or a problem or a dispute at any time they want to do so. Similarly, they can agree at any time they want to, to arbitrate a dispute to try to seek resolution in that fashion. They can do it by agreement even while a lawsuit is pending, but it would dispose usually of the lawsuit itself and that would be the purpose of mediating the matter in that fashion.
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