What is Small Claims Mediation?
Mediation is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with the other side to see if you are able to reach an agreement without the court deciding for you.
Litigants are able to request mediation either on the day of trial or they can schedule mediation in advance in an effort to settle outside of court at our offices.
Mediation is always:
Voluntary – Both sides need to agree to have a conversation
Confidential – Mediators do not report what is said in mediation to anyone outside our program with two exceptions:
- If a party says they are going to hurt themselves or someone else
- If a party says they plan to commit a crime
Neutral – Mediators do not give legal advice, make suggestions or tell parties what to do. They are there to help facilitate a conversation to see if both parties can reach an agreement that works for them. Mediators cannot be called to testify.
If you reach agreement, Mediators can help you write it, and submit it to the court for approval. Once approved you will be free to leave. If you can’t reach agreement, or mediation simply isn’t working for you, you can return to court where you will still have your trial.