What is mediation?

Mediation is one way for people to settle disputes. If you are involved in a lawsuit at Metropolitan Court, you may be able to resolve it by participating in mediation. In mediation, the people who are involved in the dispute get assistance in the search for a...

What can mediation do for me?

Mediation can help you resolve the problem that has brought you to court. The best resolution to any problem is usually one worked out by the people involved. Through mediation, people often arrive at a resolution more quickly than by going to trial and asking a judge...

Who will attend the mediation?

Mediation works best when the parties involved in the dispute are the ones to attend the mediation. Persons attending the mediation should have the authority to negotiate and enter into an agreement (if one is reached). Please do not bring witnesses or children to the...

Who will be the mediator(s)?

We have a pool of approximately 80-100 professionally trained mediators who offer their services on a pro bono (free of charge) basis. They do not take sides and they know how to deal with situations that can sometimes be tense or emotional. Mediators DO NOT give...

How does my case get to mediation?

After the defendant in a civil case files an “Answer,” the Mediation Division reviews the case to see if it meets certain requirements. If the case is selected, a mediation session is scheduled and letters are mailed to the parties. You can also request...

Do I have to be willing to compromise?

No. Sometimes agreements will include compromises, but not always. Even if people don’t reach an agreement through mediation, at least they’ve had the opportunity to talk about the situation. It may help you be better prepared to go to trial. Back to...