Jefferson County Mediation Services provides mediators at the courthouse for Small Claims Court and County Court Division H sessions. The mediators offer the disputants facilitated settlement conferences. If mediation does not settle the dispute, the parties proceed to have their case heard by the judge. Since these parties have already reached court, they are often hardened into their positions.
Mediators use more directed reality checking than in typical mediations, which is one reason why Jefferson County Mediation Services calls these meetings facilitated settlement conferences. If the meeting is not successful, the judge is going to hear the case. The mediators need to make a relatively quick decision as to whether an agreement is possible, and press towards a settlement.
How to Volunteer
To Observe and Mediate, email Jefferson County Mediation Services office for details.
A few reminders about Division H:
- Court mediations will likely differ from your textbook expectations. We consider these cases to be facilitated settlement conferences that are conducted by trained mediators.
- Dress appropriately.
- If you have comments, questions or concerns, please let the Jefferson County Mediation Services staff know.
- Most mediators are very open to discussing mediation and their experiences in general. After the mediation, or outside the courtroom, feel free to ask any question that you might have about a mediation you observed or how cases could have been handled in mediation.
- We cannot guarantee that there will be any mediation cases to observe.