Need Help with a Court Case?
All court cases end with someone losing. You are the expert in your dispute and will be able to come up with a better solution than a judge.
Mediation can help you keep control of the outcome and find a resolution that works for both sides.
RECOURSE Mediation Services can help you to talk with the other side in a mediation session in Small Claims, Civil Harassment, Unlawful Detainer (Eviction), Family Law, Guardianship of children and other matters. Mediation can be effective before, during and even after a Court hearing.
- contact the other side and invite them to mediation with you, even if they have an attorney and you don’t
- schedule a session of up to 3 hours in a safe, confidential setting with trained mediators
- offer flexible appointment times, including evenings
- offer mediation appointments to accommodate your hearing date
- help you draft legally binding agreements, with clearly defined consequences for breaching the agreement
- help you work out repayment schedules
If your Court date is coming up soon and you do not have time to schedule a mediation before your hearing, it’s not too late to mediate. RECOURSE mediators are at the following civil calendars to help you on the day of trial to work things out with the other side:
Small Claims, Unlawful Detainer (Eviction), Civil Harassment (Restraining Orders), and Short Cause. We also provide mediation services for litigated cases in Guardianship and Family Law matters.
Fees for court-connected mediation vary, but sliding scale fees are available. Day-of-trial mediation at Court calendars are free.
The mediator was fair and balanced. Handled the other side’s outbursts well.
–RG, Civil Restraining Order
Guide for Self-Represented Litigants
If you are representing yourself in a Court case, you will have a better outcome if you are well prepared and understand all the options that are available to you.
In general, you will be more satisfied with the outcome if you have some control over how things work out. One way to maintain control of the outcome is to settle the matter out of court through mediation. Mediation is the best form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (also known as ADR) when the parties involved must, or want, to continue their relationship with one another.
Other forms of dispute resolution that are good alternatives to litigation are listed below under the heading, What is ADR?
This guide has information and resources for self-represented litigants in the following areas:
- Small Claims
- Family Law
- Landlord-Tenant Eviction (Unlawful Detainer)
- Restraining Orders (Civil Harassment and domestic violence)
- Limited Civil Matters (amounts in controversy up to $25,000)