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Civil Mediation Resources

For questions or inquiries contact Taironda E. Phoenix, Esq., Chief, Civil Court Programs or Nanette L. Lind, Administrative Specialist 4 at (609) 292-8471 or e-mail questions to: CivilWebSites Mailbox/AOC/Courts

Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which an impartial third party - the mediator - facilitates negotiations among the parties to help them reach a mutually acceptable settlement. The major distinction between mediation and arbitration is that, unlike an arbitrator, a mediator does not make a decision about the outcome of the case. The parties, with the assistance of their attorneys, work toward a solution with which they are comfortable. The purpose of mediation is not to decide who is right or wrong. Rather, its goal is to give the parties the opportunity to (1) express feelings and diffuse anger, (2) clear up misunderstandings, (3) determine underlying interests or concerns, (4) find areas of agreement, and, ultimately, (5) incorporate these areas into solutions devised by the parties themselves.

Court Rule 1:40-4 & 6 govern the mediation program for Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases. Under R. 1:40-6, the court can refer any civil case to mediation at no charge for two hours.

Surveys have been developed by the Civil Practice Division to track the impact of Statewide Mediation in the settlement of cases.  Data from the completed surveys may be used to enhance the Statewide Mediation program in the future.  Mediators, attorneys and their clients are requested to complete the surveys found here at Civil Mediation Surveys. or select the individual link below.

Catalog Number Form Title Revision Date PDF Webpage
10524 Statewide Attorney Questionnaire - Sample form / Survey Monkey website opens on-line survey 09/2011 Sample
Form
Survey Monkey
10525 Statewide Litigant Questionnaire - Sample form / Survey Monkey website opens on-line survey 09/2011 Sample
Form
Survey Monkey
10526 Statewide Mediation Case Information Form - Sample form / Survey Monkey website opens on-line survey 09/2011 Sample
Form
Survey Monkey

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