$400 (non-refundable). Filing costs are paid directly to the Center and are due with submission of your Request for Mediation. If the initiating party advances the filing cost, as a courtesy, your mediator will adjust the below mediation fees as provided below.
$200 per hour, first two (2) hours. Mediator’s hourly rate thereafter. A minimum of three (3) hours of mediation time is required, unless otherwise noted in the fee and policy schedule. Mediation fees are paid directly to the mediator and your mediator will provide you with payment procedure information as part of the scheduling process.
Each mediator on the panel is an independent contractor and sets his/her own hourly rates. Hourly rates and filing costs are split equally among the parties or per agreement. If the initiating party has advanced the full $400 filing cost, an adjustment will be made in the mediator billings to the parties so the initiating party may reduce his/her deposit to the mediator for any portion of the filing cost not paid by responding party and responding party’s deposit obligation will be increased by such amount. It is the sole responsibility of the initiating party to timely note any errors in the mediator billings and no reimbursement of filing costs will be made by the mediator.
In general, Center mediators provide scheduling, local travel and preparation time without charge for up to two hours. The first 2 hours of billable mediator time will be $200 per hour and the mediator’s hourly rate thereafter. The parties and their counsel are encouraged to independently coordinate their availability for mediation to avoid incurring excess fees. There may be additional preparation fees for complex disputes (e.g., disputes arising from a non-standard C.A.R. agreement, or disputes that require extensive review of documents). See the fee and policy schedule for further details. Most mediators require full payment of their hourly rate for the minimum mediation time prior to securing the mediation date.
$200 for cancellation or continuance notices received by the mediator four (4) calendar days or more prior to the scheduled date for the mediation.
$500 for cancellation or continuance notices received by the mediator three (3) calendar days or less prior to the scheduled date for the mediation.
Cancellation/continuance fee is to be paid to the mediator by the party requesting a cancellation or continuance unless otherwise agreed upon by the mediator. Each mediator on the panel is an independent contractor and may enforce different cancellation and continuance policies.
Notices of cancellation/continuance must be submitted in writing directly to the mediator.
A deposit equal to a minimum of three mediation hours is required by most mediators on the panel. All deposits are paid directly to the mediator.