Community Mediation Services
The Center for Civic Mediation provides mediation services to individuals, families, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods and teaches and inspires the Los Angeles community to address conflict in a practical and peaceful manner. Community mediation services are available to all residents of Los Angeles County, with sites in Pasadena, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles. Types of disputes handled by the Center include family, neighbor, business, consumer, and landlord-tenant issues.
What is Mediation?
Why use Mediation?
- Mediation is a highly successful dispute resolution process that provides people with an opportunity to find solutions to their conflicts without going to court.
- Mediation is a voluntary, private process in which a trained mediator assists the participants in exploring their own interests, understanding the perspective of the other, and, if possible, reaching an agreement that they consider satisfactory.
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- It's Effective – More than 90% of mediations result in long-term resolutions of mutual satisfaction.
- It's Quick – Mediations are scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks of the initial request for service.
- It's Inexpensive – There is no fee for the first three hours of mediation of community disputes. If subsequent mediations are needed and agreed upon by all participants, charge for additional sessions will be based on the mediator's hourly rate.
- It's Convenient - Mediation sessions can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time and location including evenings and Saturdays to accommodate participants' schedules.
- It's Empowering - Mediation allows people and organizations to develop mutual solutions, meeting their specific needs, interests and values as well as protecting their rights.
- It's Confidential - Statements made during the mediation and documents prepared for the mediation are not admissible in any legal proceeding without the written consent of all parties and the Center for Civic Mediation.
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The Center for Civic Mediation receives support from the County of Los Angeles Dispute Resolution Program, the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, the City of Santa Monica, and generous private donors.