The City of Carlsbad provides a mediation program free to residents. Mediation is a confidential meeting between people who have a disagreement and a trained, neutral mediator who guides a discussion of issues toward a mutually acceptable agreement.
How does a dispute or a case reach mediation?
Cases may be self-referred by any Carlsbad resident who is involved in the dispute by calling 760-434-2868.
What types of cases are suitable for mediation?
Some of the types of cases referred involve neighbor-to-neighbor issues, animal nuisances and property maintenance disputes.
What are the benefits of mediation?
It works - a majority of cases reach an agreement
It's free - to Carlsbad residents
It's fast - can be scheduled quickly
It's convenient - located in Carlsbad
It's confidential - solutions are private and within your control
It's professional - volunteer mediators are highly trained
When should I consider mediation?
Mediation is always an option if:
The dispute has been ongoing
You want to preserve a relationship being affected by conflict
The dispute is upsetting and affecting your daily life
You cannot afford the time and cost involved with litigation
You are thinking about taking your dispute to court
You would like to speak to the other party so they may hear your concerns
You would like to resolve the dispute yourself without a third party judgment
Mediation is governed by California Evidence Code sections 1115-1128, which provides that statements made during mediation are confidential and inadmissible against another party in any subsequent non-criminal proceeding. Further the mediators do not report back to any courts on the content of the mediation, nor are they available to testify as to what was said during mediation. Confidentiality allows people to express themselves without fear that their words will be used against them later. By signing this form, the parties agree to maintain confidentiality and acknowledge that any agreement as a result of this mediation session is nonbinding.