Year started: 2008
Neutrals: Retired judge or attorney in good standing, with at least eight years of experience
Eligibility: All civil cases valued above $50,000
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
Madison County's Civil Division Mediation program, governed by Part 6 of the court's local rules, was established in January 2008. The program provides mediation services for civil cases valued above $50,000.
Participation in the program is voluntary. Judges refer cases to the program at their discretion, or at request of the parties.
The first mediation conference must occur within eight weeks after the court referral. Mediation sessions are conducted by court-certified mediators chosen by the parties or the judge. To obtain court certification, a mediator must be a retired judge or a member in good standing of the Illinois Bar, with at least eight years of practice experience. Mediators must also complete a civil case mediation training program approved by the Madison County Chief Judge. Mediators will be reviewed by the Chief Judge at least once every three years. As of April 2009, the court had certified fifteen mediators to participate in the program.
The parties are responsible for paying the mediator, at a rate agreed upon by the parties and the mediator. If either party has been given "poor person" status, the court will appoint a mediator to serve at no charge. All certified mediators are required to mediate at least two pro bono cases.
All parties, their attorneys, representatives with settlement authority, and anyone else required to facilitate settlement must attend the mediation. If a party fails to attend, the court may impose sanctions on the absent party, including mediation and attorney fees.
Mediations must be completed within seven weeks of the first mediation session. At the completion of mediation, the mediator submits to the court a report indicating whether the parties reached a full agreement, partial agreement or no agreement. The rule stipulates that all communications made during mediation, other than "executed settlement agreements," are confidential and may not be disclosed by the mediator without the parties' authorization.
3rd Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Jan. 1, 2019
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: The local rules for Illinois' 3rd Judicial Circuit cover Illinois' Madison and Bond Counties.
Rules of Practice Arbitration: Covers Madison County's mandatory arbitration program.
Rules of Practice, Part 5: Mediation in Medical Malpractice Cases:...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 ...
Teri PicchioldiTrial Court Administrator
Third Judicial Circuit Court
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Edwardsville, Illinois 62025