To request mediation before filing a lawsuit, please complete the mediation request form.
Online Case Resolution
If you are involved in a lawsuit and want to resolve your case before trial, please complete the Online Case Resolution form.
Mediation For Businesses
If you represent a business that wants to resolve a dispute, please visit our Check and Account Resolution Service.
What is Mediation? (back to top)
Mediation is a way for people to resolve problems without filing a lawsuit or going before a judge. The mediator is a neutral third party who helps the parties resolve their differences through negotiation. In mediation, you speak for yourself and make your own decisions. Mediation can help protect your privacy because, unlike a lawsuit and trial, mediation can be a confidential process. If you have a dispute regarding custody, divorce, or juvenile issues, please contact the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch at 614-525-6640. If you are experiencing domestic violence or stalking, please call 614-645-7483 for the City Prosecutor or contact one of the following agencies.
What disputes may be mediated? (back to top)
Almost any civil dispute you might file in Municipal Court may be mediated. Commonly mediated disputes in the municipal court include:
Property Damage and Money Disputes
Who are your mediators? (back to top)
Court mediators are specially trained members of the community. Many of the mediators have extensive mediation experience.
A mediator is not a judge and does not decide if either party is “right” or “wrong.” The mediator will not force any party to accept a settlement that is not agreeable to each party. The mediator’s role is to help parties make their own decisions and agreements.
Mediators can help you reach agreements, build relationships, and find workable solutions. They have skills that help people reach positive outcomes through discussions. Additionally, mediators make sure everyone has the opportunity to speak and be heard. A mediator will not make decisions for you, provide any legal advice, or recommend the terms of an agreement.
Why choose mediation? (back to top)
How does mediation work? (back to top)
After a mediation is scheduled, the court sends notices to all parties with the date, time, and location for the mediation.
At the mediation, the parties will sit down with the mediator in private and explain the dispute as they see it and talk about how they think the matter could be resolved.
How can I schedule a mediation? (back to top)
To start the mediation process, please complete the mediation request form.
If you represent a business that is looking to resolve a dispute between another business or a customer, please visit our Check and Account Resolution Service.
Mediation request forms also are available at the Small Claims Department Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office is located at 375 South High Street on the 16th floor.
Alternatively, you may return the completed form by fax (614-645-8611) or regular mail (Franklin County Municipal Court, Attn: Mediation, 375 South High Street, 16th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215). If you have any questions or concerns, please call 614-645-8611.
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