Mediation – Your Alternative to Litigation
Court Mediation is a free and confidential alternative to litigation. It allows you more control, flexibility, and creativity in resolving your case because you choose the outcome of your case rather than have the Judge decide for you. In Mediation, you are able to negotiate for money, goods, services, or anything else you would like to include in your agreements. Plus, you may have the option to negotiate payment plans.
We understand dealing with disputes and navigating the court system can be difficult. We’re here to make this process as smooth as possible. NVMS has been helping clients resolve civil disputes for more than 25 years. All of our mediators have received extensive training and are certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. We are ready to assist you in having a productive conversation about the issues most important to you, and brainstorming workable solutions to help everyone move forward.
Mediators will be present on your court date. You may request services directly from the mediator or you may request mediation from the Judge during his/her initial docket call. Mediation is a voluntary process, so all parties must agree to participate.
Mediation sessions are completed on your court date. If you are able to reach an agreement with the other party in mediation, the mediator will write it up and all parties sign it. The agreement is passed to the Judge for review and his/her signature and then added to the court record. If you are not able to reach an agreement, all parties will return to the courtroom and you will have a trial that same day.
Where We Mediate:
Our mediation services are offered free of charge in the following General District Courts (including Small Claims Court(s):