County Civil/Small Claims
Mediation is a voluntary process, however, a Judge may order parties to participate. Accordingly, parties can elect to have a private mediator to expedite the process or before a case is filed with the court to settle their dispute. Mediation is common in small claims court and is generally more prompt and inexpensive. If the parties reach a resolution, an agreement is reduced to writing. If an agreement is not reached, the parties will return to the Judge who will make the final decisions pertaining to their case.
A mediator is a neutral third party who facilitates the resolution of a parties' disputes. The mediator helps the parties find common ground by relaying information between the parties and offering creative solutions. The mediator also assists in drafting a final settlement, which becomes a legally binding court order once submitted to the court.