Question:

Is it Halachikly valid to settle a dispute in mediation (גישור) as a first option even before beis din?
I am referring to a religious Jew who is a certified mediator?

Answer:

There is a dispute amongst the Tannaim if a comprimise (פשרה) is permitted, forbidden or a mitzvah. The halachah is that it is a mitzvah to comprimise between the litigents. Therefore it is preferable  to settle a dispute via mediation and come to a comprimise as a  first option even before beis din.

Sources:

Tosefta Sanhedrin 1:3, CH:M 12:2 &7

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