The Augusta Judicial Circuit ADR Program began in 2007 serving Burke and Richmond Counties. The program serves the Superior, State, Magistrate and Probate Courts of all three counties. Cases are referred to mediation by order of the assigned Judge, by recommendation of the program director or at the request of the parties or their attorney. Trained, registered mediators contract with the program to conduct the mediation sessions. In Superior, State and Probate cases, mediators are compensated by the parties participating in dispute resolution. Mediation services are free to parties in Magistrate Court cases.