Process and Outcomes of a Court‐Administered Civil Mediation Program

Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 2018;1–14. DOI/10.1002/crq.21230

Posted: 22 Jan 2019

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Sarah Vidal

Westat, Inc.

Suzanne O. Kaasa

Northrop Grumman Technical Services/Defense Personnel Security Research Center

Michele Harmon

Westat, Inc.

Date Written: August 21, 2018

Abstract

This paper extends the current literature on court‐connected civil mediation programs and provides implications for future research and court administration policy and practice. Using administrative court data, we describe the mediation case processing, explore the factors associated with case participation in mediation, and examine how mediation processes and case characteristics relate to different case outcomes. Our findings indicate that 77.5% of cases assigned to a mediation track resulted in settlement, 17% reached resolution through a judicial ruling, and only 5.5% had trial‐related outcomes. More than two thirds of cases that went through mediation settled after mediation and prior to trial.

Suggested Citation

Vidal, Sarah and Kaasa, Suzanne O. and Harmon, Michele, Process and Outcomes of a Court‐Administered Civil Mediation Program (August 21, 2018). Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 2018;1–14. DOI/10.1002/crq.21230. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3319055

Sarah Vidal (Contact Author)

Westat, Inc. ( email )

1650 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850
United States

Suzanne O. Kaasa

Northrop Grumman Technical Services/Defense Personnel Security Research Center ( email )

Defense Personnel Security Research Center
20 Ryan Ranch Road
Monterey, CA 93940
United States

Michele Harmon

Westat, Inc. ( email )

1650 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850
United States

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