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Early Settlement Mediation - Central Program

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Policy Changes Nov. 2011

Select the appropriate Intake Form link below based on whether attorneys will or will not be attending mediation.  Please note, if attorneys are attending, they are required to coordinate with the other attorney to select three possible dates for the mediation.  These three dates should be approximately 4-6 weeks out and should be included on the Intake form.
For additional related policy changes go to "Policy Changes Nov. 2011." 
                             Links for cases where attorneys will be attending mediation:        

  Intake Form - Attorneys Attending            
    Link for cases where attorney are NOT attending mediation:       
                                                 Intake Form - Attorneys not Attending

For Cases Without Attorneys
Contact information for both parties is necessary for scheduling to be completed.  We will not be able to schedule a case without either a phone number or address.  Upon receiving the Intake Form, the Early Settlement office will confirm the willingness of all parties to participate in mediation.  Since mediation is a voluntary process, if one party does not wish to mediate we cannot schedule the mediation. 
After confirming with both parties a willingness to negotiate in a good faith effort to resolve the dispute, a mediator will be assigned to the case.  A "willingness to negotiate in good faith effort" means that each party is willing to discuss and genuinely consider alternative solutions. 
Each mediation takes place in the county where the case was filed, if filed with the court. If the case has not been filed with the court a location as close as possible to the parties will be selected for the mediation.  Parties may request an alternate location as long as it is within the Early Settlement - East Central Program area. 
Both the initiating party and the responding party must pay a five dollar fee for mediation if the case has not been filed with the court.  There is no fee for cases filed with the court.
Once the mediation date, place, and time of day is selected for the mediation the paperwork will be sent to all parties.

To complete Intake Form, click on the link below

Intake Form