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Allowing individuals to voluntarily resolve disputes in a confidential out-of-court procedure

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 follow this link to complete the Volunteer Application.

How Can Mediation Help?

The Mediation Process Helps People:

  • Get past frustation, guilt, or the "desire to punish"

  • Clarify their underlying values and goals

  • Become aware of the other parties views, values, and goals

  • Cooperatively build a lasting "win-win" solution

  • Create an atmosphere of ongoing cooperation and understanding

Scheduling Your Mediation

Referrals for mediation come from many sources: Judges, attorneys, district attorneys, businesses, and Oklahoma citizens.

 

Scheduling will be different for cases that have been filed with the District Court and cases not filed with the court.

For individuals without a filed court case

Individuals who wish to attempt mediation without filing a case may do so by completing an Intake Form.  An Intake form we will needed along with a check or money order in the amount of $5.00, payable to the Cleveland County Court Clerk. 

After receiving the Intake Form and payment we will contact the other party to ask if they are willing to mediate.  After confirmation of their agreement to mediate we will select a date for the mediation. 

 

Paperwork showing the date, time, and location for the mediation will then be sent to both parties. 

For cases filed with the court

Cases currently filed with the court will be scheduled by going to our webpage: Scheduling Calendar.  This page provides an up to the minute calendar of available dates and times for mediation.

Please note that it IS necessary for all parties and attorneys to coordinate and agree on the date set for mediation at the time of online scheduling.  

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.