Welcome to the New York State Unified Court System’s Statewide Mediator Directory. This directory lists mediators who are approved to mediate for a trial court in New York State.
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Mediators who are currently listed in the directory may update their records by reaching out to a court staff person who oversees a roster on which they serve.
Mediation helps people resolve their cases in a way that is often quicker, cheaper, and less stressful than litigation.
In mediation, the mediator helps people in a dispute reach agreements that meet everyone’s needs. The mediator does not take sides or decide who is right or wrong. Instead, the mediator helps people focus on the future and make their own decisions. Mediation often improves communication, saves people time and money, and leads to longer-lasting agreements. People who mediate are often more satisfied with the outcome of their cases.
In some courts, a judge can order parties to attend one mediation session to try to settle their case. However, a judge cannot order the parties to reach an agreement in mediation. The outcome of a mediation session is entirely up to the parties.
You may seek the services of a Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC), which offers free and low-cost mediation. There is a CDRC for every county in New York State. They can mediate court cases, as well as disputes that are not in court. Many CDRCs offer virtual mediation.
If a court refers your case to mediation, consult first with the referring court about your options: in some courts and in some case types, mediation services may be free of charge.
You may wish to interview the mediator and ask questions like those shown below. Some of the answers to these questions may be found under the mediator’s profile in the Mediator Directory.
- Tell me about your background and areas of expertise.
- Do you have experience mediating a case like mine?
- How many sessions does it take? How long are the sessions?
- What kind of training have you had, and when was it?
- What kind, and how much mediation experience do you have? How many cases have you mediated?
- What is your approach to mediation or mediation philosophy?
- Do you belong to any professional organizations?
- Can you provide references? (Some may not be able to because of the confidential nature of the mediation process.)
- Can you mediate online?
- How does the process end? Who drafts the agreement?
- What do you charge? Are there any additional fees?
- Are you on any court rosters?
You may also bring a lawyer to mediation. Speaking with a lawyer before or between mediation sessions is recommended. The NYS Unified Court System’s Court Help website may be a useful resource in how to find a lawyer or how to get legal information.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you may want to visit the following website: https://www.LawHelpNY.org. This website lists legal services organizations. Many offer legal advice and services for free or low cost to those who qualify.
Please note that court employees cannot give you legal advice. Court employees cannot decide if mediation is right for you. Court employees cannot tell you which individual mediator you should choose. See above for tips on Choosing a Mediator.
If you need language assistance, the court will help provide an interpreter if (1) your case has already been filed in court; and (2) the court has referred your case to mediation. Contact the local court clerk for further assistance.
If you have trouble accessing this directory, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 212-428-2760 for assistance in finding a mediator.