Getting Involved as a Volunteer MediatorAll mediation done within the Superior Court of the District of Columbia happens within the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division (Multi-Door).
Getting Involved as a Volunteer Mediator 2Multi-Door seeks to attract a diverse mediator panel which reflects the community it serves. To that end, there are two tracks to become a mediator with Multi-Door:
- Through training (periodically, when the programs determine a need for new mediators)
- Through the Open Enrollment process for highly-qualified mediators (anytime on a rolling basis). Please do NOT use the Open Enrollment application to apply for training.
The Training ProcessTo become a mediator through training with the Multi-Door Division, an applicant must fulfill ALL requirements listed below within the prescribed time. Also see additional information about the application and training process. A candidate must:
- Apply to and be selected for training with one of the mediation programs within the Multi-Door Division (Family, Child Protection, Small Claims, Landlord/Tenant, or Civil).
- Successfully complete mediation training.
- Within 6 months of finishing specialized training, successfully complete a mentorship training specific to the applicable mediation program. The exact duration and schedule varies by program and by the individual progress of a prospective mediator, but will not exceed 6 months.
- Mediate 3-6 cases, as specified by the applicable program, without a stipend payment.
- After fulfilling the obligation to mediate without a stipend, a mediator must successfully complete a 1-year probation period during which stipends will be provided. Mediators are expected to participate regularly throughout the probation year. Participation requirements vary by program and will be outlined in the training application solicitation announcement. The requirement does not create an obligation for the program to supply a prospective mediator with the guaranteed number of hours. Based on the program's case load, the number of hours may be less. Until a 1-year commitment is fulfilled, an applicant is considered on probation and is not formally placed on the mediation roster.
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Training Schedule:Multi-Door has no new-mediator training currently scheduled. If you would like to be notified of future trainings, please fill out the form below to submit your email address.
- Open enrollment is an application process for people with pre-existing training and significant experience mediating cases relevant to the court.
- Learn about applying to mediate at Multi-Door