Mediation 2017-06-09T20:34:04+00:00


Effective for all civil cases filed on and after March 1, 2005, a court supervised mediation program will be available to provide a prompt, equitable and inexpensive alternative method of dispute resolution for matters that would otherwise enter the mandatory court supervised Arbitration program, that is, cases that have a probable jury award value not in excess of forty thousand dollars ($50,000) per plaintiff.

Mediation is a process whereby a neutral third person, called a mediator, acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties.  It is an informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement.  In mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties.  The role of the mediator includes, but it is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives.

Cases enter mediation only by way of agreement from both sides of the dispute pursuant to written stipulation filed prior to the initiation of arbitration proceedings, and all mediations must take place no later than 60 days from the date of the mediator’s appointment.  Mediators are selected from a qualified court panel list of trained, experienced and qualified mediators.  Any matter not resolved in mediation automatically enters the Short Trial Program (“STP”) subject to a party’s timely right to file a request to remove the case from the STP and return it to  the District Court trial docket. Parties may agree to bypass mediation altogether and enter the STP directly.

The Nevada Mediation Program is overseen by the Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Office, which also administers Arbitration and the Short Trial Program.  The ADR Commissioner and his staff are always available to solve any problem and answer any questions regarding arbitration, mediation and the STP.  Please call (702) 671-4493.  Rules and Forms are available to download at no cost on this web site.  We have added the ability to purchase the Nevada ADR Rules and Forms on a floppy disk in addition to the rules and form packets available for purchase at the ADR Office.

Mediation Forms Library

Welcome to the Mediation Forms Library. We hope the information shown here is helpful and will make your contact with court easier and more productive. Many of our forms are multiple pages – make sure you fill out all pages and print all of them prior to submitting them to the court.

To download all the Mediation Rules, Forms, and the Index at once, click the ZIP file link below. This is a large file and may require considerable download time. Please be patient. You will have to extract and save the files to your computer.

All Forms, Rules, and Index.ZIP

Individual Forms

The following forms are intended to be used as samples only. You can print them or save the Microsoft Word documents and use them as a template for your own individual documents. To download form samples, click on the appropriate document title. Forms in BOLD are prepared by the ADR office (see index above).

All documents are to be filed with the ADR Office.