Programs > Jurisdiction > Illinois Trial Courts > 12th Judicial Circuit (Joliet, Northeastern Illinois)
Programs: Will County Small Claims Mediation Program
Year started: 2010
Neutrals: Members of the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Attorney-Mediators
Eligibility: Any small claims case
Pro bono services available?: yes
Volunteers from the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Attorney-Mediators began mediating small claims cases in Will County in March 2010. There are currently 22 mediators in the program.
Mediation services are provided at no cost to parties. The small claims judge refers cases to mediation at his discretion. Many referred cases involve pro se litigants. Mediators are available in the courtroom on the day of the parties' status or trial call, and mediations are conducted immediately after referral. Parties and their attorneys, if any, attend mediation. Mediations last an average of one hour and generally include both a joint session and caucus. In the first quarter of 2014, 50 cases were mediated, with 44 reaching an agreement (88%). Between March 2010 and March 2014, 1144 cases were mediated and 983 cases settled (85.93%).
For more information about this program, contact:
Robert W. Berliner, Jr.
Association of Attorney-Mediators, Illinois Chapter