Mediation Program FAQs

Mediation Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all small claims cases are required to register for and participate in the Mediation Program before being placed on a calendar for a hearing. To view the Magistrate Court ODR Order, click here.

No, there is no fee for the Mediation Program.

The parties and/or their attorneys.

No, but you can hire an attorney if you would like to be represented.

You and your attorney have two options:

  • Indirect Attorney Involvement: You can register for the Mediation Program and participate in the mediation without your attorney. You and your attorney can discuss any offer or agreement before you accept the offer or sign the agreement.



  • Direct Attorney Involvement: You and/or your attorney can register for the Mediation Program and participate in the mediation.

No, you can reject any offer made by the other party.

If a party does not do what they agreed to do, the other party or their attorney can file a motion (written request) with the Court asking the Court to enforce the agreement.

Please contact the Clerk’s Office. Your case will be handled outside of the Mediation Program to ensure appropriate language access.

Legal Waiver

The following “Questions and Answers” are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. DeKalb County State and Magistrate Clerks do not practice law, and the employees of State and Magistrate Courts cannot act as your attorney. The State and Magistrate Clerks cannot provide legal advice and are not permitted to engage in the practice of law. The Clerk’s Office is prohibited from providing any kind of advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies.

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