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Superior Court Mediator Certification
 

Superior court certification is required of all mediators participating in the Mediated Settlement Conference Program. Certfication is required whether a mediator is serving pursuant to a court appointment or party selection. Certification criteria are set forth in Mediated Settlement Conference (MSC) Rule 8.

The Rule provides for applicants to meet certain threshold criteria:

Threshold Criteria for Non-Attorney Applicants

MSC Rule 8.B(2)(c) provides that to be certified, non-attorney applicants for MSC mediator certification must either:

  • Possess significant mediation experience;
  • Have at least 4 years of relatively high level experience as a manager, administrator or professional and
  • Hold a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university.

--OR--

  • Have at least 10 years of relatively high level experience as a manager, administrator or professional; and
  • Hold a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university.

Threshold Criteria for Attorney Applicants

MSC Rule 8.B(1) provides that an attorney applicant must be a member in good standing of the Bar of at least one of the fifty States, be a graduate of a law school recognized as accredited by the NC Board of Law Examiners, and have at least 5 years experience practicing law, serving as a judge, mediator or equivalent experience.

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Any applicant with questions about whether his/her education and experience satisfy Rule 8 threshold requirements for certification may speak with Commission staff at (919) 890-1415, or seek a pre-approval of eligibility for certication prior to enrolling in training. Non-attorney applicants may also want to review the Commission's Guidelines for Interpreting MSC Rule 8.B(2)(c) found under the 'DRC Policies' menu item at left.

In addition to meeting the threshold criteria set forth above, applicants must also complete mediation training,observe mediations, and establish that they are of good character. In addition, out of state attorney applicants and non-attorney applicants must also complete a course on court organization, legal terminology, and civil procedure (non-attorney applicants must attend the course while out-of state attorney applicants may complete an independent study), and provide letters of reference.

Applicants may download an application packet and fillable application form at left. Please mail your application and supporting materials as a complete packet. If the Rules require you to submit letters of reference, please ask those writing on your behalf to forward their letters to you so that you may make copies to insert in your application. Please forward the original of your application and copies of your attachments to the Commission. Please keep a copy of your application for your records.

Applications are typically processed within one week of receipt, if not sooner. Usually when processing is delayed, it is because an applicant completed the form improperly or left off required attachments. Among the most frequent errors -- applicants fail to sign their application, fail to have their signature notarized, fail to include their check, or fail to include their Certificates of Observation.

Lastly, while the Commission greatly appreciates your interest in mediation and in serving the courts and citizens of this State, it also asks that you understand that there is a great deal of competition for work as a mediator in North Carolina's courts. It can be very difficult to establish a practice. Most work as a mediator comes from word of mouth and party selection. Novice mediators must reach out to attorneys and let them know of their availability, experience, and desire to mediate in hopes of being selected by them.

 
 
 
   
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