In district courts that establish criminal mediation programs, these rules set procedures for the referral and mediation processes and requirements for mediator certification. A district court may contract with a local community mediation center to administer the program. Participation in mediation is voluntary, but parties must attend mediation sessions and participate in good faith once they agree to participate. If an agreement is reached, the defendant is responsible for paying a dismissal fee to the court in order to have the case dismissed by the District Attorney.
North Carolina Supreme Court Rules Implementing Mediation in Matters Pending in District Criminal CourtNorth Carolina Supreme Court. Apr. 1, 2014