25-2902. Legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that:

(1) The resolution of certain disputes can be costly and time consuming in the context of a formal judicial proceeding;

(2) Mediation of disputes has a great potential for efficiently reducing the volume of matters which burden the court system in this state;

(3) Unresolved disputes of those who do not have the resources for formal resolution may be of small social or economic magnitude individually but are collectively of enormous social and economic consequences;

(4) Many seemingly minor conflicts between individuals may escalate into major social problems unless resolved early in an atmosphere in which the disputants can discuss their differences through a private informal yet structured process;

(5) There is a need in our society to reduce acrimony and improve relationships between people in conflict which has a long-term benefit of a more peaceful community of people;

(6) There is a compelling need in a complex society for dispute resolution whereby people can participate in creating comprehensive, lasting, and realistic resolutions to conflicts;

(7) Mediation can increase access of the public to dispute resolution and thereby increase public regard and usage of the legal system; and

(8) Nonprofit dispute resolution centers can make a substantial contribution to the operation and maintenance of the courts of this state by preserving the court's scarce resources for those disputes which cannot be resolved by means other than litigation.

Source:Laws 1991, LB 90, ยง 2.