Richmond County Supreme Court ADR Program - Litigant

Start Mediation through the ADR Program

There are two sources of referrals to the Richmond County ADR Program. Whether it will be through the Judicial Referral or through voluntarily opting in, the Plaintiff/Petitioner will need to complete the Mediation Initiation Form. If the parties are voluntarily opting into the program, completing the Mediation Initiation Form will start the process.

To opt-into the Court’s Mediation program:

  1. Have consent from all participants
  2. Agree on a mediator (optional)
  3. Complete the Mediation Initiation Form. (to be completed by Plaintiff/Petitioner only on behalf of parties unless agreed to otherwise)
  4. Complete the Mediation Program Agreement to Mediate and email to
  5. Complete the Post Mediation Survey at the conclusion of your mediation.

Contact Irini Bekhit, Esq. at if you have any questions

Find a Mediator for a Pending Matter:

By voluntarily opting into the Richmond County ADR program, both sides, on consent, have the option of choosing the Mediator on their case. A qualified Richmond County Mediator can be found on our Mediator Profiles or on the Statewide Mediator Directory | NYCOURTS.GOV. Attorneys/Litigants can also opt into having the ADR Coordinator designate the most qualified Mediator based on their type of case.

All Mediators will perform a conflict check before accepting to mediating a matter

Benefits of Mediation

Mediation offers the following benefits:

  1. Involves parties actively in resolving their own issues;
  2. Improves parties’ satisfaction with the process;
  3. Speeds settlements;
  4. Reduces stress;
  5. Saves money;
  6. Improves communication
  7. Improves relationships; and
  8. Increases compliance with agreements

Richmond County ADR Program Information and Forms

Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program (CDRCP) | NYCOURTS.GOV2

Language Access

Mediation Guidelines

Mediation Initiation Form

Mediation Litigant/Counsel Checklist

Mediator Profiles

Post Mediation Survey

Statewide Mediator Directory

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