Citizens Mediation Service (CMS) was founded in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal of offering low-cost or no-cost mediation services to local parties. Fees are based on the type of case being mediated. Persons below our income guidelines never pay a fee. CMS waives approximately 25% of all its case fees.
Today, CMS serves Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, Branch, and St. Joseph County residents. Mediations are conducted by highly-skilled volunteers who have received at least 40 hours of mediation training and completed an internship under expert supervision. Every year, CMS conducts hundreds of mediations, saving significant time and money for our residents and local court systems.