The Court requires that counsel for each party, or another person with actual authority to settle the case, attend each mediation session. Failure of counsel to attend sessions may result in the imposition of sanctions.

Parties themselves are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions. Mediators have the discretion to call or write to parties to request their attendance. Experience has shown that a mediation is likely to be most efficient and productive when persons with real knowledge and interest in the outcome of the case participate in the discussions.