How do I file a case?
The Center for Conflict Resolution handles mediation for court-connected cases, meaning you have already filed a case with the Los Angeles Superior Court system.
If you have yet to legally file, please contact the Small Claims Advisor at (213) 974-9759. They will be able to answer any case related questions. Another good place to find information will be by visiting the court website at www.lacourt.org.
The “What” of Mediation: When Is Mediation the Right Process Choice?
As mediators, lawyers, and their clients gain more experience with mediation, fewer and fewer types of disputes will seem less amenable to the process. Even if mediation only succeeds in improving the parties’ communication, in identifying their underlying interests, in narrowing the issues in conflict, or in helping them more carefully evaluate their litigation option, it can move the dispute towards a quicker, more cost effective resolution.
What Does A Mediator Do?
Okay, we know you can't make decisions. We know you can't issue orders. ('I'm not a judge or an arbitrator, blah, blah, blah.') We know you can't take sides, must always remain neutral. And we know you can't give us legal advice. And then you tell us mediation is a consensual process. Bummer. Now the other side can walk at will! "So, what in the hell DO you do?"
Why Mediation Works ?
We are in the midst of a litigation crisis. The high cost and long delays associated with the trial of civil matters often make litigation an impractical method of resolving disputes. It is not uncommon for the attorney's fees, expert witness fees, jury fees, court reporter fees and other related costs to exceed the amount in dispute.