Free Mediation for Small Claims
Photo of 2017 Small Claims Mediator Appreciation Brunch

The Seventh Circuit Office of Dispute Resolution recognized its Small Claims mediators at its annual Appreciation Brunch on May Day 2017. Mediation services have been available in small claims court since 2003. Over 130 cases were mediated in 2016 with 90% compliance with agreements. Pictured L to R: Tracy Adams, Teri Hargrave, Natalie Rojas, Jeff Bose, Firooz Basri, Jorden Ryan, Melanie Ramirez (Clerk Div. VI), Vickie Harris, Hon. Karen Krauser (Div. VI), Keith Keirsey, Ginger Patrizi, Jim Donovan, J.D. Moore, Paul Pierce, Kathleen Bird (Dir. ODRS), Don Shanks.

FREE MEDIATION IS AVAILABLE

Parties in small claims cases are encouraged to try mediation. Mediation can be arranged on or prior to your court date by calling the Office of Dispute Resolution Services at 816-736-8402. Mediation is provided free.

"Mediation" is a non-binding process in which a mediator assists people to communicate and negotiate effectively as they explore options for resolving their dispute.

Mediation helps when …

  • you want to avoid the red tape, cost and delay of appeals and collecting on a judgment, or
  • you need an outcome beyond a simple judgment for money, or
  • you are not sure about the appropriate amount of damages (evidence needed to establish the "measure of damages" in court), or
  • you wish to make a payment arrangement, or
  • you want to preserve a relationship despite this dispute, or want to avoid the publicity of a judgment on the public record.

Rules of Mediation

For more information, contact:

Kathleen Bird
Building:R. Kenneth Elliott Children's Justice Center
Address:351 East Kansas Street
Liberty, Missouri 64068
Telephone:816-736-8402
Fax:816-736-8401
Email: Kathleen dot Bird at courts dot mo dot gov

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