What is mediation?
Mediation is an opportunity for people in conflict to come together in a private and comfortable setting to make decisions about how to resolve their disputes. It is a confidential and voluntary process.
The mediator’s role is to facilitate conversation and lead a process in which participants are able to speak for themselves and create their own solutions. Mediators do not give advice, opinions, or suggestions. They will help you talk to each other to clarify goals, gather information, and identify options. It is up to you to decide what will meet your needs as you manage the conflict. In mediation, you - not the mediator - control the decisions and the outcome.
Who are the mediators?
CMPG mediations are mediated by staff and volunteers from the who have been extensively trained to lead mediation sessions.
How much does mediation cost?
Mediation is provided free of charge.
When and where do mediation sessions take place?
Mediations take place at locations throughout Prince George’s County that are accessible and neutral for participants. Sessions are scheduled Monday thru Friday between 10:00 am 9:00 pm and on weekends by appointment.
Day of trial mediations at the District Courts are held in accordance with court schedules.
How long does mediation take?
Mediation sessions are scheduled for 2 hours. If more time is needed, additional sessions may be scheduled.
What types of disputes can be mediated?
Any dispute can be mediated, as long as there is no fear of retaliation. Some types of mediation are:
Parenting Plan/Child Access
How do I schedule a mediation session?
You can schedule a mediation session or get more information by calling CMPG at (301)952-4729.
What information is needed to request mediation?
CMPG will need to have contact information for the other person involved in the dispute. When you call, it is helpful to have the name, address and phone number of the other person. The more information you have, the easier it is for CMPG to contact them.
Why am I asked for my demographic information?
CMPG strives to provide mediation and conflict resolution services to all residents in the County. Participant demographic information is analyzed annually to ensure that our services are accessible to all residents within the County. Demographic information is confidential and is only used for this purpose.
Can I use mediation if I have a pending case in court?
Yes, you can use mediation at any time.
Can I bring my attorney with me?
Attorneys are permitted to attend mediation, as long as all participants agree prior to the start of the session that they will be able to speak for themselves on their own behalf without fear of retaliation. Any mediation participant, including lawyers, must speak with our intake staff prior to attending a mediation session to do intake and screening. CMPG mediators lead, run and facilitate the mediation process. The lawyer’s role as a participant is the same as any other participant that attends the mediation. If a participant does not feel as though they can speak for themselves on their own behalf without fear of retaliation and wants their lawyer to speak for them in mediation, mediation may be inappropriate.
Will the mediators give me legal advice?
No. Mediators are neutral third parties to the conflict and are not able to give any advice.
Are the agreements made in mediation binding?
Written agreements are binding in the same sense that any contract between individuals is binding.