Conciliation is a method of conflict resolution in which a neutral third party, known as a conciliator, facilitates communication between the disputing parties and seeks to help them reach an agreement. Unlike a judge or arbitrator, the conciliator does not make binding decisions, but can propose solutions and suggest compromises to resolve the dispute.
The main objective of conciliation is to find common ground and promote collaboration to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement. The process is confidential and voluntary, allowing parties to speak freely without fear that their statements will be used against them later.
Conciliation is used in a wide variety of contexts, such as labor disputes, contractual disputes, family disputes, and neighborhood issues. In many cases, the parties can avoid more formal legal proceedings by resorting to conciliation to resolve their differences more quickly and efficiently.