Civil Mediation Resources

Eric Max of Max Mediation will be conducting two 4-hour Advanced Mediation Trainings online on November 11th and December 16th for mediators who still need to complete their continuing education requirement to fulfill Rule 1:40-12(b)(2) for 2020. Mediators can click here to register for the trainings. The flyer contains further details on the sessions.

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 below.

Catalog Number Form Title Revision Date Survey
10524 Statewide Mediation Attorney Questionnaire September 2011 Survey Monkey
10525 Statewide Mediation Litigant Questionnaire September 2011 Survey Monkey
10526 Statewide Mediation Case Information Form September 2011 Survey Monkey

Recursos de Mediaciones Civiles

La mediación es un proceso de resolución de disputas en el que un tercero imparcial, el mediador, facilita las negociaciones entre las partes para ayudarlas a llegar a un acuerdo aceptable para ambas. La distinción más importante entre la mediación y el arbitraje es que, a diferencia de un árbitro, un mediador no toma una decisión sobre el resultado de la causa. Las partes, con la ayuda de sus abogados, trabajan para encontrar una solución con la que ambas se sientan cómodas. El objetivo de la mediación no es decidir quién tiene la razón o quién no la tiene. Su meta es, más bien, brindar a las partes la oportunidad de (1) expresar sus sentimientos y disipar el enojo, (2) aclarar los malentendidos, (3) determinar los intereses o las preocupaciones subyacentes, (4) encontrar áreas de acuerdo y, en última instancia, (5) incorporar estas áreas en soluciones diseñadas por las propias partes.

Las Reglas Judiciales 1:40-4 y 6 rigen el programa de mediación para las causas civiles, de equidad general y testamentarias. Conforme a la R. 1:40-6, el juez puede remitir cualquier causa civil a una sesión de mediación de dos horas sin cobrar.