Civil Mediation Project - Nevada Superior Court

ADRicon Project Name: Civil Mediation Project - Nevada Superior Court
Court: Nevada Superior Court
   Links: Court Website

Overview/Program Description:

The Civil Mediation Project offers free mediation at the time of trial for unlawful detainer, small claims, civil harassment restraining orders, and probate cases. The program is coordinated through the self-help center or Public Law Center (PLC) and mediators are provided by two collaborating community partners: Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) and the Truckee Family Resource Center (TFRC). Trained volunteer mediators are available as the calendar is called. All parties are advised on the benefits of mediation from the bench. If stipulations are reached, they are reviewed by court staff and the judge is able to sign while the parties are present. Some cases carry over the allotted time and resume at the location of the non-profit mediation provider.

Program Benefits/Savings:

The program provides increased access, fairness, and a higher quality of justice for pro per litigants. Pro per litigants report a high level of satisfaction with the program. Other benefits include less impacted court calendars and a cultural shift toward mediation. Judges are referring more cases to mediation, litigants are prepared to accept mediation, and attorneys are bringing stipulated agreements prior to the court date.

By using the mediation provider in the court setting, the provider was able to use the community service aspect of the court program to leverage the dispute resolution funding. This allowed the provider to better train and hire staff. The court program allowed the community to benefit by having the mediation provider more visible and available to mediate private disputes as well

Other Courts Using Similar Programs:

  • Alameda Superior Court
  • Butte Superior Court (Small Claims, Unlawful Detainer, and Civil Harassment Mediation Voluntary Program)
  • Contra Costa Superior Court
  • Lake Superior Court (Civil Mediation Program)
  • Los Angeles Superior Court (Dispute Resolution Program)
  • Marin Superior Court (Civil Harassment Mediation and Unlawful Detainer Settlement Conference Programs)
  • Merced Superior Court
  • Monterey Superior Court
  • Orange Superior Court (Small Claims Mediation Program)
  • San Bernardino Superior Court (Inland Fair Housing Mediation Board)
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • San Francisco Superior Court (Civil Cases and Housing Mediation)
  • San Mateo Superior Court (Multi-Option Appropriate Dispute Resolution Project (MAP))
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court (Community Mediation Services and the Sargent Shriver Housing Program)
  • Santa Clara Superior Court (Self-Help Center and Pro Bono's Project's Family Law Settlement Project)
  • Solano Superior Court (Small Claims Mediation)
  • Sonoma Superior Court (Alternative Dispute Resolution-Mediation and Settlement Programs)
  • Tulare Superior Court
  • Tuolumne Superior Court
  • Ventura Superior Court (Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement Volunteer Mediation Project)
  • Yolo Superior Court (Yolo Superior Court Small Claims Mediator Program)