Community Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary, cooperative, and confidential process where people can resolve disputes, on their own terms, with the assistance of a neutral third party (the mediator). The mediator facilitates communication between the disputing parties, assisting them in brainstorming their own ideas for settlement and helping them achieve understanding and reach a common ground. For these reasons, mediation may be especially beneficial for disputing parties who are also in ongoing relationships, such as neighbors or family members.

DRS’s professional staff mediator and certified volunteers are available in the Stockton courthouse, Monday through Friday, during every small claims, unlawful detainer (eviction), and civil harassment court session. You will have the opportunity to use our services on your trial date, free of charge, if you are already a party in a case in one of these courts.

However, anyone who has an interest in mediating a case out of court (for example, before a lawsuit is filed) may also consult with our mediators during any of these open court sessions. Please call (209) 474-8794 for more information.

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