Ross County Court of Common Pleas
Donald E. Darby, Mediator
2 N. Paint Street, Suite A
INTRODUCTION TO MEDIATION
In 2000, the Ross County Juvenile Court established Court Mediation Services to promote greater efficiency and to facilitate the earliest possible resolution in the cases that we handle.
All definitions found in “Uniform Mediation Act” (UMA) O.R.C. 2710.01 are adopted by this Court through this Local Rule, including the following as used in this Local Rule;
A. “Mediation" means any process in which a mediator facilitates
communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in
reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.
B. “Mediator" means an individual who conducts a mediation.
C. "Mediation communication" means a statement, whether oral, in a record, verbal or nonverbal, that occurs during a mediation or is made for purposes of considering, conducting, participating in, initiating, continuing, or reconvening a mediation or retaining a mediator.
D. “Proceeding" means either of the following:
At any time and in any action under the jurisdiction of the Ross County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division Court Mediation Services may be chosen as an appropriate method of resolution. The following actions shall be exempted from mediation upon request of any party:
For more information, please refer to the Court's Local Rule 18 .