Many people outside the legal world are unfamiliar with what mediation is and what it entails. It is substantially different from traditional litigation (i.e. going to court) and has an entirely different set of rules and procedures. The main difference is that mediation is driven by the parties in a dispute. This means that, unlike court proceedings that take place according to the schedule of a judge and the courts, medication can be done at a time that is most convenient to all parties. This means that the parties can even mediate before a case is filed. Because mediation is driven by the parties, the process can change to fit the needs of the parties.