Case Initiation

Standing Order Number 5


Standing Order Number Five of the Court requires parties to attend mediation within 150 days of the filing of a petition with the Court unless the case is one that is automatically exempted from mediation or has been granted a case specific waiver.

Initiation Process


The Mediation Domestic Initiation Form (PDF) should be completed for cases involving domestic issues (divorce, custody, child support, child visitation, legitimization, etc.) and the Mediation Civil Initiation Form (PDF) should be completed for cases involving non-domestic issues.. Upon completion, the case should be initiated a minimum of 45 days prior to an anticipated hearing date. 

ADR staff will conduct an intake process with parties and answer questions. If attorneys plan to attend the mediation session, this must be indicated on the initiation form in order for their schedules to be taken into consideration during scheduling process.

Determining Your Case Needs


Please note that not all cases are appropriate for mediation. If any party has questions or concerns about whether a case is appropriate for mediation because of allegations of domestic violence, child abuse, or any other special circumstances, please advise the ADR Office of those concerns.

Additional screening may be necessary to decide as to whether mediation is appropriate. Please contact this office if you need any additional information or need assistance in this area.