How do I know if mediation is right for me?
Here is some information about mediation that should help you decide whether it might be right for you.
- Saves time,
- Preserves relationships,
- Allows people control over the final decision,
- Is private,
- Takes into account both sides' sense of fairness, and
- Agreements are voluntary. Parties are not obligated to come to an agreement.
How much does it cost to use one of your programs?
The services of the Court’s mediation programs (part of the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division) are free to anyone who lives in the District of Columbia. To get the most out of the Court’s mediation programs, you need to make a good-faith effort to resolve your dispute in a manner that considers everyone concerned.
What if mediation doesn't work?
If your case is already involved in court, you will continue to move forward with your scheduled court hearings. Your next court hearing could be a pre-trial conference, a hearing, or a trial. The mediator cannot be called into court or tell anyone about the discussions you had during mediation. The outcome of your case will not be affected by an attempt to mediate.
If your matter was not involved in court prior to mediation, you may choose to file paperwork in court or use another community service to resolve your dispute. The mediator cannot assist you in completing paperwork, nor can the mediator be called into court or tell anyone about the discussions you had during mediation. The outcome of your case will not be affected by an attempt to mediate.
Can I request an in-person mediation?
You may ask for an in-person mediation. All participants must agree to an in-person mediation. To make a request you must submit an Application to Appear In Person within 24 hours of receiving the mediation scheduling email sent by your case manager. The case manager will follow up with the requesting party(s) within 24 hours of the request.