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... 578 1. The Mediation Confidentiality Statutes. In 1997, the Legislature adopted the California
Law Revision Commission's (Commission) recommendations and revised the mediation
confidentiality statutes. ... 2. Judicially Created Exceptions to Mediation Confidentiality. ...
... OPINION. BAXTER, J.—. In order to encourage the candor necessary to a successful
mediation, the Legislature has broadly provided for the confidentiality of things spoken
or written in connection with a mediation proceeding. ...
... The relatively recent advent of court-ordered mediation of certain cases on appeal has been
a resounding success. For such cases in the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, mediation
services are furnished by the court, without cost, to the parties for a period of four hours. ...