Where can I find mediation programs in California?
For more information about programs in your area, contact a local consumer agency or small claims court advisor. Local mediation programs available in California are listed below.
What makes a mediation program a good one?
Since the individuals involved in the dispute play active roles in resolving the program, they usually are comfortable and supportive of the solution. Successful mediations often result in written agreements that are signed by both individuals in a dispute.
Can a court action be filed after mediation?
If the parties do not reach a mutually agreeable solution, either or both of the parties may still file a court action. Mediation procedures are voluntary, and usually take place in one or more sessions.
What is the role of a mediator in a dispute?
The mediator’s role is to work with both parties in a dispute to identify the issues, reduce misunderstandings, clarify priorities, vent emotions, find points of agreement, explore new areas of compromise, and negotiate an agreement. For more information about programs in your area, contact a local consumer agency or small claims court advisor.
What are the rules of Mediation in California?
MEDIATION ORIENTATION. Rule 5.210 of the California Rules of Court requires that the Court provide an orientation to inform the parents about the mediation process, the role of the mediator, how to address the developmental needs of children, limitations on confidentiality and other child custody issues.
How does mediation work in Calaveras Superior Court?
Mediation Orientation is a program designed to teach parents about children’s developmental stages and how they impact parenting plans. Time is also spent discussing conflict resolution, effective methods to “co-parent”, and Calaveras Superior Court’s model for mediation and evaluation.
What happens at the end of a mediation session?
Orientation takes place at the time of the mediation session, which is generally 2 ½- to 3-hours long. At the end of the mediation session the parties report directly back to the Court and request that the Court make their agreement an order or set a date for a hearing if no agreement is reached.
Do you have to go to orientation for mediation?
Attendance at orientation is mandatory. It must be completed before your mediation date or the mediation cannot proceed. This is required by order of the Court. If you fail to attend orientation and/or mediation you can be fined by the Court for your failure to follow a court order.