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Early Settlement Mediation - Central Program

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Policy Changes Nov. 2011
                     Early Settlement - Central Program                                     
Allowing Individuals to Voluntarily Resolve Disputes in a Confidential 
Out-of-Court Procedure

Serving Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties


Why Choose Mediation?
While the court system generally operates within a limited set of solutions, mediation provides the unique opportunity to craft a personalized agreement specific to each person's needs.  

Early Settlement Mediators 
Early Settlement's Mediators are community volunteers who have been carefully selected and have completed specialized training in mediation.  
After completing training and ongoing supervision mediators are certified by the Administrative Director of the Courts.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer? 

Take a look at our Volunteering Q and A's for more information, or complete the Volunteer Application. 
The Mediation Process Helps People:

- Get past frustration, guilt or "desire to punish;"

- Clarify their underlying values and goals;

- Become aware of the other parties views, values, and   goals;

- Cooperatively build a lasting voluntary "win-win"         solution;
- Create an atmosphere of ongoing cooperation and       efficiency.

Scheduling Your Mediation 
Referrals for mediation come from many sources: Judges, attorneys, district attorneys, businesses, and Oklahoma citizens,
The first step in scheduling a mediation is the completion of an Intake Form.
Upon receiving the Intake Form, Early Settlement will confirm the willingness of both parties to participate in mediation.  After confirmation a mediator will be assigned to the case.  
Each mediation takes place in the county where the case was filed if it has been filed with the court. Parties may request an alternate location as long as it is within the Early Settlement Program area.  
If individuals desiring mediation have attorneys, Early Settlement will work directly with the attorneys to coordinate the mediation.  Paperwork will come to the participants through their attorney's office.