Finding a Qualified Mediator for Your Dispute

Learn how to find qualified mediators for your dispute with help from local bar associations and National Association of Certified Mediators.

Finding a Qualified Mediator for Your Dispute

When you're in the midst of a dispute, finding a qualified mediator can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are several resources available to help you find the right person for the job. The local bar association is a great place to start, as they often have a list of qualified mediators who are likely to be lawyers. Additionally, the Middle District of Pennsylvania has its own mediation program, which is governed by Local Rule 16.8.This rule allows judges to order parties to mediate, but most mediation sessions are voluntary. When the court determines that a case is appropriate for mediation, the judge and the parties will select a mediator from a list of certified mediators.

To be certified, the mediator must have been admitted to practice law for at least ten years and have completed a two-day training course on mediation techniques offered by the court. The mediators have agreed to provide this service free of charge. After selecting a mediator, the judge will issue an order referring the case to mediation. The mediator will contact the parties to schedule a meeting in an attempt to resolve the claim. All conversations with the mediator are confidential and local regulations prohibit calling the mediator as a witness at trial.

The mediator will not attempt to impose an agreement on the parties or provide legal advice. Instead, they will promote better communication, explain each party's interests, and help develop options for reaching an agreement. The mediator may choose to meet with the parties several times. At the end of the mediation, they will submit a report to the court. The report will indicate whether or not the parties and lawyer attended the mediation session and if an agreement was reached.

The mediator will not disclose any information discussed in the mediation session. The National Association of Certified Mediators (NACM) is another great resource for finding qualified mediators. NACM offers certifications in mediation techniques that open up a wide range of possibilities for those looking to become certified mediators. Finding a qualified mediator for your dispute doesn't have to be difficult. With these resources at your disposal, you can rest assured that you'll find someone who is well-equipped to help you reach an agreement.