A mediation assessment, sometimes also known as a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting), is an initial meeting between one or both parties and a mediator. The aim of the meeting is to see if mediation could be used to resolve the issue, rather than going straight to court. The MIAM therefore takes place before the mediation sessions and must be undertaken for any individual wanting legal aid for this area of work.

The data source for this measure is legal aid statistics (quarterly).