Conciliation¬†is a form of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) it is neither arbitration nor mediation. The parties choose an independent third party who hears both sides, either privately or together, and then prepares a compromise which the conciliator believes is a fair disposition of the matter. The conciliator’s report or conclusions are then put to both sides, who may agree or disagree with it. It is not binding nor is it enforceable unless the parties adopt it.