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Dear 9th Judicial District Mediators:

The 9th Judicial Administrative District Superior Court Judges are temporarily approving the use of a videoconferencing platform to facilitate mediations until the current Judicial Emergency Order due to the Covid-19 pandemic expires which is October 10, 2020.  You will be required to use a secure internet connection (no public wi-fi) and safe and accessible videoconferencing software.  The software should have no time restrictions on meetings, break-out rooms, screen sharing and security features such as administrator controls, password protection, encryption and authentication.  Make sure your virus protection and firewall are up-to-date.  Please remember:

1.   Cases with allegations of domestic violence should still be screened prior to scheduling mediation.  
2.  Address who will be allowed to attend and be in the room with a party.
3.  A method of document sharing such as Google docs, Dropbox, etc.  Document execution capability such as DocuSign, printer/scanner, Adobe, etc.  The mediation guidelines should be signed by all persons attending the mediation prior to commencing the mediation session. 
4.  For pro se party(s) please confirm identity by viewing a photo identification.
5.  Confirm who is attending the session.  If there are attendees who are not a party to the case, make a determination as to their role in the session and address and manage confidentiality issues.  
6.  If party(s) do not have technical capability or do not wish to mediate using a videoconferencing platform please contact our office as some judges are ordering they attend a virtual session. 
7.  Notify parties in advance of payment method(s).

Should you have any questions, please contact us at adr9mediation@gmail.com.