Use of mediation and other forms of dispute resolution have become widespread in our society and many programs operate both within and without the courts. Some of the programs noted below operate in North Carolinaís courts, but are supported by the Administrative Office of the Courts and not the Dispute Resolution Commission. Others, such at the Industrial Commissionís Workersí Compensation Mediation Program, operate outside the courts. As a public service, the Commission is providing contact and other information about some of these programs. Please use the menu on your left to read information relating to:
1) The North Carolina Industrial Commissionís Workersí Compensation Mediation Program (mediation of injuries or illnesses related to or occurring at work). The learn more about the Commssion, click the first option on your left;
2) Community Mediation (Community mediation centers operate across North
Carolina. Center mediators conduct mediations of misdemeanor criminal matters
filed in district court. Many Centers also provide affordable assistance to the public
with mediation of some, if not all, of the following kinds of pre-litigation disputes
(disputes not yet filed in court): disputes between individual neighbors or those
involving home ownersí associations, landlord/tenant disputes, family/divorce
matters, parent-teen/truancy concerns, and consumer disputes. Many Centers
operating across the State are members of a coalition, the Mediation Network of
North Carolina (MNNC). Others operate independently and outside the MNNCís
network. To learn about the MNNC and its members or other community mediation
centers operating independently, click on the second option to your left.
3) The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courtís Child Custody and Visitation Mediation Program. To learn about this Program, click the third option on your left.
4) The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courtís District Court Arbitration Program. This program provides for arbitration of civil cases filed in district court. (Family or divorce matters are not eligible for arbitration in this Program and cases arbitrated must be pending before the court, i.e., it is not a pre-litigation (before a matter is filed with the court) arbitration service. To learn more about this Program, click the fourth option on your left.