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The Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies contracts with the Freno County Superior Court to provide mediation to litigants, particularly where one or both of the parties are not represented by attorneys and have a fee waiver. The mediators are graduate students or staff of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, all trained and experienced.
Each case will receive up to three hours of mediation (in one or two hour sessions), plus additional time for the preparation of an agreement at no cost to either party. If the dispute is not fully resolved in the allotted time, the parties will be invited to continue the mediation on a fee-for-service basis using a sliding fee scale.
Mediation is not magic. It can be hard work. But mediation allows you to be in control of your own life. You, rather than a judge, decide your future. Mediation can also work toward reconciliation. People who have been fighting for years can successfully mediate their issues. The key to success is the mediator.
Mediators create a safe place where you can each say what is really on your mind. Most people in conflict have lost sight of what they really need. The mediator helps each person present their needs in a way which the other can hear. Your goals can be met. The mediator helps you create an agreement with which each of you can be satisfied.
Does mediation always work? No, but it works more often than not. If you cannot come to an agreement through mediation, the mediator helps you decide what to do next. As more people learn about mediation, it is more likely to work.
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