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Mediation FAQs > Civil Court Mediation > What are the possible outcomes of a mediation session in court?

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  • Agreement and Continuance: The parties reach an agreement and request that the court
    set a later trial date to allow them time to complete the actions detailed in the agreement.
    If one or both parties fail to complete the terms of the agreement, the plaintiff may attend
    court on the new trial date in order to request a judgment to enforce the agreement. If
    both parties comply with the terms, there is no need to attend court on this second date.
    You may choose to fill out a praecipe form at the courthouse civil clerk’s office to notify
    the court that you do not need a hearing on that date.
  • Agreement and Dismissal without Prejudice: The court closes your case based upon the
    agreement. If problems arise with the completion of agreement terms, the plaintiff may
    reopen the same court case with the clerk’s office to return to court for enforcement.
  • Agreement and Dismissal with Prejudice: The court closes your case based upon the
    agreement. You may not reopen the same case in court at a later date.
  • Consent Judgment: The parties agree upon an amount owed by one party to the other and
    request that the court enter a judgment against the owing party with his/her consent. The
    plaintiff may pursue collections processes. A consent judgment may appear on the
    defendant’s credit report.
  • No Agreement: The parties were unable to reach an agreement in mediation. You will
    return to the courtroom for a trial on the same day in Small Claims Court, or on your
    scheduled trial date in General District Court.

Last updated on Aug 31, 2011 by NVMS