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Mediation is a way to resolve disputes outside of a courtroom with the help of a neutral mediator.

 

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION DEPARTMENT

375 S. High St., 16th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215

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Mon - Fri 8 AM - 3 PM

About Us

The Franklin County Municipal Court Dispute Resolution Department provides mediation services for the court and public.
 

Mediation is a way to resolve disputes outside of a courtroom with the help of a neutral mediator. The mediator helps parties exchange information and proposals through negotiation. Mediation is private and the mediator can document an agreement in writing for the parties to resolve a case.

 

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MEDIATION

Mediation is available before a lawsuit as well as during a lawsuit. Learn more about mediation options and how to get started.

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Mediation FAQ

Mediation is a guided negotiation. The mediator assists the parties with exchanging information and proposals to help the parties resolve their disputes. Some mediations are resolved in minutes, others hours. Sometimes it may be necessary to reschedule a mediation based on information and proposals exchanged. Contact the Dispute Resolution Department if you have any concerns about participating in mediation or concerns about the other party.

Almost any type of dispute can be mediated, except domestic or criminal issues.

If you have a dispute regarding custody, divorce, or juvenile issues, please contact the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch at (614) 525-6640.

If you are experiencing domestic violence or stalking, please call (614) 645-7483 for the City Prosecutor, contact the domestic violence hotline at (614) 224-4663, or visit LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence.

Mediation can occur before a lawsuit is filed or while a lawsuit is pending with the Franklin County Municipal Court.

You may participate in mediation either in person, by phone, or online.

If you are scheduled for mediation please call (614) 645-8576 or email to confirm how you would like to participate.

The Court provides different mediation options based on the dispute type and whether or not a case has been filed. Some cases are referred to mediation by a judge or magistrate, other cases are referred by the parties themselves.

Learn more about mediation options