There are many benefits to participating in mediation. The mediation process provides all parties with:
- Answers to questions about the offense that only the offender can provide.
- An opportunity to express frustrations and concerns directly with people involved.
- An opportunity to be directly involved in the consequences and outcome of the mediation.
- The choice in determining, when applicable, the amount of restitution owed and method it will be paid with the offender.
A case may be referred for Mediation by the Judge, Magistrate or the Intake Director. The purpose of this program is to encourage people to resolve disputes/occurrences with one another with the assistance of a neutral party, a Mediator.
When the parties reach an agreement through mediation, a contract is prepared and signed by all involved parties. If an agreement is not reached, the charge may be referred to Court for further action.
For more information contact:
Margaret Black at (419) 627-7521, Michelle Deichler at (419) 627-7520 or Shelisa Johnson at (419) 624-6317.