How does mediation work?
The court will notify both parties of the scheduled mediation date. If the case has been filed, this date will be one or two weeks before the trial date. At the mediation session, the parties will sit down with the mediator in a private setting. After the mediator has explained the process, the parties will each explain the dispute as they see it. The mediator then helps facilitate discussion between the parties and makes sure that each party is given an opportunity to be heard. The parties are then encouraged, the help from the mediator, to generate a variety of options for settlement of the dispute. No settlement will be imposed on the parties unless both parties agree. When agreement is reached, it may be reduced to writing and filed with the court, and will become a court order.

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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?