Green Valley Justice Court seeking volunteer mediators

Green Valley Justice Court seeking volunteer mediators

GREEN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Interested in helping people work out a civil issue?

The Green Valley Justice Court is in need of volunteers to help with mediating cases. Mediation has proven effective in resolving civil disputes, and avoiding costly court time.

According to a recent release from Pima County, these volunteers would help conduct mediation conferences for civil cases like credit card debt, neighbor disputes, landlord/tenant issues, and contract disputes. Mediators will help parties reach a solution to the dispute and arrive at an outcome that both parties will agree to.

Volunteer mediators are impartial and do not take sides in a situation, nor do they 'rule' or make decisions on the outcome, they are strictly there to provide communication between the parties to help reach an agreement. Once this occurs, the mediator puts the terms of the agreement in writing and it is then signed by both parties.

Both parties generally abide by the terms, as they have helped craft them, with assistance from the mediator.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer mediator in the justice court, must first participate in a 40-hour basic mediation training program, provided by the U.S. Attorney General's Office.  The class provides students with the basic skills and knowledge to become an effective mediator.

Before mediating an actual case themselves, trainees shadow an experienced mediator.

Interested in becoming a mediator, contact Elvia Cariño, Administrator, Green Valley Justice Court at (520) 222-0200.

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