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Small Claims Mediation frequently asked questions

Do I have to come to mediation?

What happens if we agree?

What if we cannot agree?

Who should attend mediation?

What should I bring?

How do I get help with an ADA accommodation?

I have a restraining order, stalking order, or no contact order against another person in this case. Will I have to meet with that person?

Do I have to come to mediation?
The court has ordered that all small claims cases must go to mediation before trial. All parties named in the case must appear. If you do not appear for your scheduled mediation, a judgment may be entered against you. You cannot have anyone appear for you, including your spouse, unless you have a written Power of Attorney filed with the court.

What happens if we agree?
Your mediator will help you write up a Mediated Agreement. The agreement is enforceable but will not appear as a judgment on a debtor’s credit report unless there is non-compliance with the agreement and a general judgment by default is entered.

What if we cannot agree?
The mediator will help you get a trial scheduled. The trial will usually be 4-8 weeks after your mediation date.

Who should attend mediation?
All parties named as Plaintiff(s) or Defendant(s) on the Claim and Notice of Claim must appear at the mediation hearing. If you are a party named in the small claims case you must be present. People who are not named parties may be part of the mediation only if all the parties agree.

What should I bring?
Your mediators will not make any decisions for you so you do not need to bring witnesses. However, you should bring all documentation to support your claim: such as records, documents, bills, original contracts, photos, estimates, etc. We often find that when parties can see and exchange information, they can answer eachothers’ questions about the situation and are more likely to find a way to resolve their case. If your case is not resolved at mediation you must provide the other side with copies of the any evidence you plan to present at trial by at least 14 days before your trial.

How do I get help with an ADA accommodation?
If you need assistance due to a disability, please contact us.

I have a restraining order, stalking order, or no contact order against another person in this case. Will I have to meet with that person?
If you have any kind of no contact order with someone else involved in the case, please contact us.

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