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  • Green Valley court seeks volunteer mediators

    Mar 29, 2017 | Read More News
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    Green Valley Justice Court is in need of volunteers to conduct mediation conferences for civil lawsuits filed in the court.  

    Mediation has proven to be an effective way of resolving civil disputes avoiding the need for parties to go to trial.  

    Green ValleyMediation conferences in the justice court typically involve credit card debt, neighbor disputes, landlord/tenant issues and contract disputes.  The role of the mediator is to help parties reach a solution to their dispute and arrive at an outcome that both parties agree to accept.  

    Mediators are impartial and do not take sides nor do they “rule” or make decisions on the outcome.  Their role is to develop communication between the parties and help them reach a consensus.  

    Once a settlement has been reached the mediator puts the terms of the agreement in writing and it is signed by both parties. Parties tend to abide by the mediation agreement because they have prepared the terms themselves.

    In order be appointed a mediator in the justice court, volunteers must participate in a 40 hour basic mediation training provided by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.  The class prepares people with basic skills and knowledge to become an effective mediator.  

    Prior to hearing actual cases, mediators are given the opportunity to shadow experienced mediators.

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