Is attendance required at mediation?

Yes. The attendance of ALL parties is required unless the court determines otherwise. A party’s failure to appear at a court-ordered mediation may result in sanctions imposed by the court.  The requirement that a party appear shall be satisfied if the following persons are present:

  • The party, the party’s representative, or both.  If a party’s representative appears on behalf of the party, they MUST have full authority to settle without further consultation, have a full understanding of the dispute, and full knowledge of the facts.
  • A representative of the insurance carrier for any insured party, who has full authority to settle without further consultation.  

Although the presence of your attorney is not required, an attorney shall not be excluded by the court or the mediator from attending a mediation session. If a party’s attorney is not present, parties are encouraged to consult with their attorney throughout the session, if needed.

Virtual attendance is available upon written request to the ADR Office by one or more parties. 

In Domestic Relations cases, parties are required to complete and file a current Financial Affidavit prior to attending mediation. Failure to do so will constitute a failure to appear and may result in sanctions imposed by the Court.

Children are not permitted at the mediation session under any circumstance.

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1. Do I need a court order to get ADR services?
2. How do I obtain an order and request that my case be referred to mediation?
3. May I request an exemption from mediation?
4. Once my case is ordered to mediation, what do I do first?
5. I am a victim of domestic violence. Do I have to attend mediation?
6. How do I select a mediator?
7. How much does mediation cost?
8. What if I cannot afford mediation?
9. Is attendance required at mediation?
10. How long does mediation last?
11. What are the benefits of mediation?
12. How do I prepare for mediation?