How is a mediation set up?
For cases that are self-referred, when you call Northern Community Mediation (NCM), you will speak with a staff person who will take down some basic information and will answer any questions you have about the process. We will then contact the other party to find out if he/she is willing to participate in mediation. If so, then the mediation will be scheduled as soon as possible.
For cases referred by other agencies or other individuals, a staff person from NCM will contact the parties involved and take down some basic information and answer any questions they may have. If all of the parties are willing to "come to the table," a mediation will be scheduled as soon as possible.
When a case is court ordered/referred, a staff person will follow the above described process. In these cases, however, the parties must participate in mediation. If someone refuses to do so, NCM notifies the court of that individual's decision, and the court may find her/him in contempt of court.