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Civil Harassment Court Mediation Program

California Lawyers for the Arts and the Sacramento Mediation Center offer free mediation services for Petitioners and Respondents at Sacramento Superior Court, on the day of the Civil Harassment Restraining Order hearing.

Mediation is a voluntary, private, and confidential process

We handle all types of conflicts and disputes including:

Neighbor to Neighbor - Personal Relationships

Landlord/Tenant/Property Management (non-eviction)

Business, Consumer and Organizational

The underlying issues in these cases often involve misunderstandings, miscommunications, and misperceptions, as well as drugs or alcohol, and mental or physical illness. 

How it works!

Trained and skilled neutral mediators help guide the participants as they discuss their concerns and disagreements. The participants develop rules about how they will interact in the future. The rules become their written agreement which they sign.  The agreements are reviewed by the judge and placed in the court file, resulting in a dismissal of the request for a restraining order.

If the parties cannot agree on their own rules for how they will relate (or not), their case goes back for a hearing before the judge.  The judge will listen to the facts from each side and make a ruling in favor of one party or the other. 

Mediated cases result in a better ability to understand, communicate, and relate among participants, creating a better path forward for all. Most agreements result in a lasting peace. Rarely does a mediated case come back to court for further action!

* Some cases are not appropriate for voluntary mediation and some cases cannot be resolved through agreement.  

Interested in becoming a volunteer mediator? Contact us at: 

(Mediators must be certified in mediation and specifically trained by California Lawyers for the Arts.)



California Lawyers for the Arts is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent of the law.  State Bar LRS Certificate #0021.

MCLE Provider # 1248.

The information provided on this website is not legal advice. You should consult with an attorney for individual advice regarding your legal matters.

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