A mediator must meet the following requirements for mentor status prior to serving as a mentor:
1) Certification as a mediator at the court level for which he or she seeks to provide mentor services.
2) Completion of a minimum of ten (10) cases and thirty (30) hours of mediation at the court level for which he or she seeks to provide mentor services.
3) Recertification at least once in the level(s) of court in which the mentor seeks to provide mentor services. For example, a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court mentor must be recertified in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court at least once. A waiver of the recertification two-year time requirement (the cases and training required to recertify will not be waived) will be considered based on a letter of recommendation by the Director of a community mediation center or other established mediation organization, describing the mediation experience and training of the applicant.
4) Participation in a minimum of a four (4)-hour certified course on Mentoring
Individuals Seeking Certification as a Court-Referred Mediator.
5) DRS approval of the completed Mentor Application (OES Form ADR-4000).
Note: Mentor status does not automatically apply to all levels of court at which a mediator is certified. A mediator must apply at each level for mentor status.