Pierce County District Court  Small Claims Mediations will be held by Remote Appearance (via Zoom)

If you have trouble connecting to your mediation, please immediately call

the Center for Dialog & Resolution at (253) 253 572-3657

If you are unable to get through email: Reception@CenterForResolution.org

Contact the District Court directly with any questions: 253.798.7487 or

visit their website at piercecountywa.org/101/District-Court

 

For Day-Of Mediation information, please scroll down.

~ last updated 7/23/2020

Small Claims

Small Claims Mediations are held at our Center, located at 717 Tacoma Ave. So.

90-minute FREE street parking available

If you settle before your mediation date or unable to attend on your scheduled mediation date, you will need to notify the court directly, Pierce County's District Court: Small Claims Office located in the County City Building, Room 239 (930 Tacoma Ave. So.)

Or call the District Clerk at 253.798.7487

Small claims

Mediation Trial Information and Guidelines

What To Expect: Mediation Process: (approx. 30-45 minutes)

  • The mediator will welcome parties and explain the process.
  • Each party will, in turn, explain their point of view to the mediator and the other party.
  • The mediator will assist the parties in negotiating a resolution.
  • The mediator may help generate options for settlement.
  • If an agreement is reached
    • The mediator will write up the resolution on the Stipulation form, all participants will verbally confirm that the information in their agreement is correct. The agreement is binding on all litigants.
  • If an agreement is NOT REACHED:
    • The mediator will confirm parties’ emails /phone numbers on the Stipulation form and the parties will meet with the court clerk to set a trial date.

Other Things to Know:

  • To test your mic or video at any time, go to http://zoom.us/test and click “join”
  • You may want to create a new email address to use for communicating with the Court as email addresses or telephone numbers will be used on documents created during your mediation session and may become part of the public record.
  • If you get disconnected during the mediation, please log back in or call back immediately.
  • Any Agreements Reached or Trial Dates set will be emailed to parties by the court clerk within 1 business day of the mediation session. If you do not receive an email, please contact the court at: (253) 798-7487 or email: PCDCCivil@piercecountywa.gov
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late to your scheduled mediation and have not notified the court, as a Plaintiff, your case may be dismissed; as a Defendant, a default judgment may be entered against you.

Day of Your Mediation:

You will need to sign in to Zoom with your full name. The name that you enter should be easily associated with your case.

You have 2 ways to join the meeting:

  1. Zoom Meeting Link/website – best for computers or devices that have Video, Audio, and Screen Viewing capability
  2. Dial-in – best for telephone-only participation OR if your computer does not have speakers/microphone. Telephone-only is highly discouraged.

Go to: https://zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID and the Online Password listed below.

Meeting ID: 375 763 2051

Password: 98402

Dial-In Only: (253) 215-8782 and enter the ID and Password above.

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Small claims mediation is a quick, inexpensive way to resolve money-related disputes that two parties have been unable to work out on their own.

In small claims court, one person may sue another person, a business, or — in some cases — the government for up to $10,000. Parties represent themselves instead of having a lawyer represent them. Spouses are allowed to be in the mediation room.  There are no juries, motions, or objections. The person who sues pays only a small fee for filing the lawsuit.

The goal of small claims mediation is to help work out a fair and reasonable solution to conflict.  This mediation can save time, money, and the stress associated with actually going to Small Claims Court. This option also allows for the disputing parties to control the outcome rather than having a judge make the decision for them.

When you choose small claims mediation to settle your lawsuit, the meeting will occur at our Center and the date is set by the court and is mandatory. Any agreements reached are voluntary. The agreement is binding on both parties and, once the terms of the agreement are fulfilled, the case will be dismissed and there will be no public record of a case.

For more information or to file a claim online, please visit Pierce County's District Court: Small Claims Office.