Year started: 2008
Neutrals: Private and/or Judicial mediators
Eligibility: All dissolution of marriage cases and contested custody and visitation cases
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
The 2nd Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program began in October 2008 and is governed by Illinois 2nd Judicial Circuit Local Rule 21 and Illinois Supreme Court Rule 99.
Parties will be referred to mediation for all contested issues of allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, relocation or other non-economic issues related to children. The Program includes both private and judicial mediation components.
Mediators for the program include both private mediators and judicial mediators. Private mediators must complete a 40-hour family mediation program the covers conflict resolution, psychological issues in separation, dissolution and family dynamics, mediation process, skills and techniques, and screening for domestic violence, child abuse and mental illness. Additionally, private mediators must either have a law degree or a master's degree in psychiatry, psychology, social work, human development, or family counseling. All private mediators for the program must agree to mediate at least two reduced fee or pro bono cases per year and attend 10 hours of continuing education every two years. Parties will determine an agreed rate to compensate private mediators. For judicial mediators, the Chief Judge will identify judges who are qualified to be mediators and who have successfully completed a specialized 40-hour mediation training covering parenting arrangements, emotional issues, conflict management, domestic violence, and mediation techniques.
Illinois 2nd Judicial District Court. Jan. 1, 2019
Abstract: The local rules for Illinois' 2nd Judicial Circuit cover Illinois' Edwards, Crawford, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties. These rules outline the procedures for various programs in t...Illinois Supreme Court. Article I - Illinois Supreme Court General Rules, Oct. 10, 2001
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: This rule authorizes judicial circuits to undertake mediation programs. Circuits electing to establish mediation program are directed to adopt rules for the conduct of mediation proceedings and to submit them to the Supreme Court. The Rule specifies ...