Most people cringe when they received notice of a lawsuit. If you have, your either involved as Plaintiff-the one suing, or Defendant-the one being sued. A few weeks later, you are likely to receive an official notice of the Court, requiring you to mediate on such and such date and time. Questions are your best friend in this scenario, so let’s answer them!
10 Things You Need to Know About Mediation in Savannah
- In Chatham County, mediation is required by Magistrate, Probate, and Superior Court BEFORE a hearing.
- Both Civil and Domestic-family law cases are sent to mediation, NOT criminal.
- Mediation is FREE, when held at the Mediation Center. Parties can agree to mediate privately for an hourly fee. Most people choose the Free route, but private mediators, who are mostly lawyers, are sought-after for high-stakes cases.
- Mediation Center (free) is located at 5105 Paulsen St., Suite 125D, Savannah, GA 31405, 912-354-6686.
- Before your Mediation, you, or your lawyer will receive a courtesy call from either Corrine, Eric, or Quentin at the Mediation Center to confirm your date and time
- You’re not required to reach an agreement. The only requirement is that you hear the Guidelines read, and sign-in. Your attendance will be reported to the Court, satisfying your requirement.
- If you don’t reach an agreement, the Mediation will send a letter to the Court, stating so, and your hearing will be rescheduled.
- Treat the Mediation staff and Mediators nicely. They’re volunteers trying to help you.
- Treat Mediation as a trial, or hearing. Be prepared, bringing all necessary papers, documents and numbers showing your interest and position.
- This is your chance to resolve the conflict YOUR WAY, and avoid having a Judge or Jury decide the outcome.
TJ Hilliard is a GA Lawyer, practicing for the last 2 years, specializing in: landlord tenant, contract disputes, and business formation.