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  • Contact Information

    Mediation Services

    jsmediation@jeffco.us
    303-271-5060

    Monday-Friday
    hours vary

    Contact Us

    700 Jefferson County Parkway
    Suite 220
    Open Space Building
    Golden, CO 80401

  • The Mediation Process

     

    What is Mediation?

    Mediation is an informal, voluntary process. A professional, impartial third party helps the contending parties exchange views and explore possible options for resolving the conflict. The goal of mediation is to help parties reach their own mutually-acceptable settlement of issues in dispute.

    Often, this will solve the problem, and usually will at least keep it from escalating. Any decision reached is through the efforts and agreement of the parties themselves. Mediation enhances communication, promotes responsibility, and helps people to acquire skills that can assist in preventing or resolving future disputes.

    What Happens in Mediation?

    Everyone sits down at a table together. The mediator has each person tell their side of the story. The mediator limits interruptions and disrespectful language. Then everyone discusses ways to resolve the conflict.

    If an agreement is reached, it is usually put in writing and signed by everyone. If an agreement is not reached, the mediation is ended. Mediators do not issue a decision or impose a resolution. People can still try other ways to resolve their dispute.

    JCMS volunteers typically work in teams of two. Often a veteran mediator is paired with a less experienced partner. Some cases are assigned to just one mediator, which allows JCMS to handle more cases.

    The mediators try to schedule the mediation for a time and date that is good for everyone involved. Meetings are often held in the evening or on weekends.

    What Can be Mediated?

    See our situations for mediation page for details on the types of cases that can be mediated.

    Benefits of Mediation

    Our services are:

    • Confidential
    • Impartial
    • Cost-free
    • Time saving
    • Informal
    • Cooperative
    • Helpful in creating a respectful work place

     
    Participants share responsibility for solving problems. Mediation provides an efficient tool for solving employee, agency, and community issues. It costs nothing and often results in positive outcomes for all parties.