What is mediation?
Some courts use mediation. It is a process whereby parties to a dispute meet with a neutral third person, a mediator, to resolve their disputes. A mediator is not a judge, and will not decide if either party is “right” or “wrong”, and will not force any party into accepting a settlement that is not agreeable to them. When a small claims case has been filed, it is the policy of this court to refer appropriate matters to mediation prior to trial. Parties may also voluntarily schedule a mediation session prior to filing a small claims action. To do this, simply inform the clerk of your desire to do so. The clerk will schedule a mediation session and will notify all parties of the date.

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1. What is small claims court?
2. What cases can the court handle?
3. Who can sue or be sued?
4. Where do I file my claim?
5. How do I file my claim?
6. What does it cost?
7. I’ve been sued! What do I do now?
8. What if the claim is settled before hearing?
9. How do I prepare my case?
10. What is mediation?
11. How does mediation work?
12. Why mediate?
13. What if I do not appear at the hearing / trial?
14. What if I win or lose?
15. How do I get my money?