Civil Court Mediation: General District Court and Small Claims Court
Resolve your court case through mediation!
What Is Mediation?
Mediation lets you take control of your own dispute and it lets you and the other person decide what seems the best result for both of you.
Mediation gives you a chance to talk about what is really important to you, and a chance to listen to what is really important to the other person.
Mediation brings an impartial third person in to direct your attention back to solving the problem.
First, the mediator will set a few simple rules:
- People talk only to the mediator
- People talk one at a time
- People treat the process and each other respectfully
Next, each party will be given an opportunity to speak uninterrupted, about what the conflict means to him.
Then, the mediator will help all of the participants look at what is really important about the conflict and what some creative ways of resolving it might be.
Finally, if the participants decide that they can settle the dispute, the mediator helps them write down what they have agreed to.
Returning to court is always an option for you, whether you choose to mediate or not.
If you don't resolve all of the issues of your dispute, you can go to court on your trial date and ask that the unresolved issues be heard.
If you do reach a mediated agreement, you can ask that the judge enter the agreement as an order and dismiss your case.
The process is free to parties on their court dates in Small Claims Court in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County and the City of Falls Church and in General District Court in Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Fairfax County. Private mediation may be arranged through our office for other cases.
For questions about resolving your court case through mediation, please see our Civil Court Mediation FAQ page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.