A mediator is a neutral third party. The mediator typically hears from both parties in a joint session and in individual sessions. They often times review pleadings and case files, but attempt to reserve judgment. As a neutral third party, the mediator tries to help the individuals involved in the mediation brainstorm potential solutions to the issues. The mediator points out strengths and weaknesses in each parties case so that both parties can view the pros and cons of the case should it be heard in a court of law. A mediator works towards drafting an agreement or drafts an agreement for the parties.