Civil mediation cases involve people or money or both.
Regular Civil Cases:
Typically one person sues another person or business for damages by filing a complaint in court. These may be property disputes, contractor issues, outstanding debt, business contract issues, landlord/tenant disputes, real estate contract problems and almost anything that is not a family/domestic issue or a criminal infraction. A typical civil mediation case at CMS is generally worth less than $25,000. If a formal complaint has been filed in court, the judge may order the parties to mediation to try to work out a solution without going to trial. However, individuals can request mediation directly without filing a complaint, if both parties agree to sit down and negotiate their interests. This can save a lot of time and money. If no agreement is reached, the parties still have litigation as a further option.
Some examples of Civil claims are: collecting or rebutting a claim of unpaid accounts; landlord/tenant problems; problems with contractors; property issues, small claims (under $6,000). Click here for more information on landlord/tenant disputes.