Small Claims Mediation
Mediating a Small Claims case is an excellent choice for clients filing Small Claims actions. In mediation, clients are able to consider remedies to satisfy their conflict that the court is not able to address.
In Small Claims mediation the clients can discuss and negotiate:
- Payment plans
- Return of property
- Boundary disputes
- Communication agreements
- Restoration of a past relationship
What is Small Claims Mediation?
- An informal process where impartial mediators help people resolve a conflict
- A facilitated conversation where the mediators are not decision makers
- A safe setting which allows all parties a chance to speak and hear one another
- A private and confidential process
- An opportunity to explore options not considered in the past
- A chance to develop realistic, workable solutions
- Clients control the outcome, and reaching an agreement is voluntary
Clients that choose to use mediation still have the option of returning to court should the outcome of mediation not meet their needs.
How can I request mediation?
Two options are available to you if you have a Small Claims action filed;
- You may call the Center and request mediation before your court date
- You may request mediation at court when you arrive for your hearing.
Trained mediators are on-site during Small Claims court proceedings to provide mediation services. During your assigned court session they will offer their services. Both parties must agree to try mediation to resolve the case. It is a voluntary process.
Fees: Our services are free to people who have filed a court action. A small fee is charged if no court action is filed when the mediation occurs.
More information is available at the District Court website for Kitsap County Small Claims.