The Mediation Center helps individuals or groups resolve conflicts using a neutral mediator who helps keep the focus on reaching workable agreements. Unlike court cases, mediation is confidential and scheduled at the convenience of the parties involved. Parties also maintain control of the solution including the nature and scope of their agreements. Mediation can work for all involved. It’s an opportunity to save time, money, and possibly even a relationship. Over the last twenty years, the Mediation Center has trained over 180 volunteer mediators, conducted over 8,000 mediations and facilitated nearly five thousand settlements.
Our mission is to provide and promote within the community methods other than litigation for settling disputes. The dispute resolution shall be confidential, inexpensive, prompt and readily accessible to everyone. We maintain a trained, qualified and competent staff to provide these alternative methods and to conduct a program of continuous training and other means of quality assurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mediation?
- Mediation is a confidential process whereby a neutral 3rd party (the mediator) assists citizens in resolving their disputes.
- It is for people who want to resolve their dispute in an efficient, economical and consensual manner.
What types of cases use Mediation?
Family Law Cases: Divorce, Custody, Legitimation & Modification actions are REQUIRED to go to Mediation before they can get a final hearing date.
General Civil Cases: Landlord/Tenant; Debt Collection, Contract Disputes; Property Damage; Personal Injury; Employment Disputes; Neighborhood Disputes and many others.
- Save Time & Money
- Avoid Risk at Trial
- It’s Confidential
- Preserve Relationships
- Provide Flexibility in finding solutions
- Parties have more control over the outcome
Do I have to have an attorney?
No. Attorneys are welcome to attend with you but it is not required.
Who will attend the Mediation?
The parties in the lawsuit. Witnesses, friends, or family do not attend mediation with you.
Do you have to settle at mediation?
We hope you do settle your dispute when you come to The Mediation Center but you are not required to settle. You are required to make a good faith effort.
What happens if we don’t settle?
Your case will be scheduled at the court house and you will appear in front of the Judge.
How much is it?
Fees are dependent on the case type. Please ask our staff when scheduling if you have a concern about your fee. Fee Reductions are available based on Federal poverty guidelines.
For Superior Court Cases: Request for Fee Reduction Form