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State and Local Requirements for
Court-Connected General Mediation in Georgia

This page is intended to detail the requirements to register as a general mediator with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (GCDR) and with local court-annexed ADR programs in North Metro Atlanta. All neutrals working in court-annexed programs must be registered with the GCDR. Though some local court-connected ADR programs adopt GCDR standards, others impose additional requirements so completing GCDR-approved training does not necessarily qualify a neutral to participate in a local court-connected program.

There is no mandatory registration requirement for neutrals who practice dispute resolution in a private setting like The Center for Legal Solutions. Many mediators who practice in a private setting, however, do satisfy state and local requirements for registration / certification and may participate in court-annexed programs in addition to their private practice.

General Mediation Registration allows a neutral to mediate court-annexed cases involving personal injury, contracts, and other non-criminal, non-domestic matters. General Civil Mediation Training also provides a "core curriculum" for other branches of dispute resolution like domestic relations mediation and case evaluation as detailed on related pages on this site.

Specific State and Local Requirements:

State Requirements:
  • Complete 28 hours of approved classroom training
  • Observe / co-mediate five general civil mediations, or complete approved 12 hour general mediation practicum
  • Good moral character

    Additional Gwinnett County Requirements:
  • Membership in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia, a graduate degree in a financial or health related field, a graduate degree in conflict resolution, or a doctorate with a minimum of 5 years dispute resolution experience

    Additional Clayton County Requirements:
  • Attend an orientation program given by the court

    Fulton County State and Superior Courts
  • There are no specific requirements other than registration with the GODR
  • Juvenile, probate, magistrate, landlord-tenant and judicially hosted settlement conferences are separately administered Fulton programs.
  • Additional Cobb Superior Court Requirements:
  • Complete 56 hours of training approved by the Superior Court
  • Be approved by mediation panel including Court and Program Administrators
  • For cases outside magistrate court jurisdiction: Be a member in good standing of Georgia Bar with three years practice or former Cobb County Commissioner

    Additional Dekalb Superior Court Requirements:
  • Completion of a local mentorship requirement involving the co-facilitation of 3 or more mediation sessions with members of a mentorship panel before enrollment in any additional process specific training
  • Additional completion of local mentorship requirement after successful completion of any additional process-specific training
  • Additional 6th JAD Requirements:
  • Attend an orientation program given by Sixth District ADR Program
  • Agree to provide pro bono hours and hours at reduced rates to defray ADR costs for parties with limited ability to pay

    Additional 7th JAD Requirements:
  • Be a member in good standing of Georgia Bar with two years experience or meet other educational and vocational requirements
  • Agree to provide pro bono hours and reduced rates for parties with limited ability to pay

    Additional 9th JAD Requirements:
  • Be a member in good standing of Georgia Bar with two years experience or meet other educational and vocational requirements

  • See State and Local Requirements for ADR Categories:

    Additional Information on State Requirements:

    Additional Information on Local Requirements:

    Neutrals Registered for General Mediation in Georgia
    Alan Abbott
    Aaron Aberson
    Kevin Adamson
    Michael Ahlstrom
    Rinass Ahmed
    Rodney Allen
    Bernard Anderson
    Sherry Anderson-Wilson
    Christopher Annunziata
    Suzanda Arcila
    Frank Armstrong
    Max Arrechea
    Laura Austin
    Patricia Avé-Lallemant, LMFT
    Christie Ayotte
    Jerome Bailey
    Sherelle Baldwin
    Bryan Bartholomew
    Thomas Bateski
    Ronn Ben Aaman
    Bruce Bennett
    Cathy Berggren
    Bob Berlin
    Barbara Berryman
    Frank Billue
    James Blackburn
    Deborah Blanton
    Scott Bonk
    Robert Bordett
    James Boston
    Kate Bothwell-Wendel
    Marguaree Branyon
    Tracy Brogdon
    Robin Brooks
    Leah Brown
    Terri Brown
    Samuel Brown
    Zainab Brown
    Allen Bryant
    Madeline Burgess
    Margaret Burks
    Barbara Bush
    Nora Bushfield
    Gene Cantrell
    Chris Carlsten
    Brian Carney
    Angelo Carubbi
    Charles Chambers
    Charles ('Chuck') Chesbro
    Nadine Childs-James
    Tuneen Chisolm
    Ann Clanton
    Herman Clark
    Urban Cleaves
    Philip Coe
    Philip Coe
    Joaquin ('Jack') Coello
    Shalon Coffey
    Dorothy Cohen
    Ernest Cooper
    Harold Corbin
    Angel Cordle
    Ward Council
    Robert Cowan
    Steve Coyle
    Luis Cribeiro
    Shirleen Crocker
    Dorothy Curtis
    Amelia Dalton
    Diana Darris
    Yvonne Davenport
    Preston Delashmit
    David DeLugas
    Terry Dillard
    Susan DiMarino
    Meredith Ditchen
    Kathryne Dixon
    Hyacinth Douglas
    Michael Eames
    Alice Evans
    Neill Ferrill
    Walter Finch
    Joshua Findlay
    James Flournoy
    Vikki Ford
    Kaye Ford
    Jon Forehand
    Elizabeth Francisco
    William Freeman
    James Friedewald
    Sally Friedman
    Georgia Geiger
    Linda Gernay
    Martha Gilbert
    Kimberly Gill
    Joyce Glucksman
    Steven Gold
    Lynn Goldman
    Whitney Goodstone
    Tracy Gould Sheinin
    Tony Graves
    Greely Graves
    Ravonne Green
    Sandra Gross
    Nancy Grossman
    Divida Gude
    Daniel Gulden
    Robert Gunn
    Manda Gwatney
    Floyd Hale
    William Hale
    Geneva Hall-Dalton
    Alex Halow
    Lenora Hardesty
    W. Harrell
    William Harrison
    Emmett Harrod
    Martha Hathaway
    Melissa Heard, MSSW
    Tina Hesse
    Gail Hoffman
    Patricia Hooks
    Kelso Horne
    Patricia Horner
    Lynne Housley
    Patricia Howard
    Leo Hughes
    Thomas Hurt
    Lilli Hutto
    Richard Ingram
    David Innes
    Karen Jackman
    Douglas Joiner
    Patrick Jones
    Timothy Keim
    William Kelley
    L. Kemp
    James Kenworthy
    Arline Kerman
    Daryl Kidd
    Jeanney Kutner
    Rebecca Lacy
    Stephen Land
    Stuart Lange
    Tran Lankford
    Anoopa Laurens
    Robert Leitch
    Astley Leslie
    Carol Levine
    Ralph Levy
    Frank Lightmas
    Harvey Linder
    William Linkous
    Brenda Long
    Milton Lopes
    Tiffany Lunn
    James Lyne
    Donald Macdonald
    Malcolm Mackenzie
    Timothy MacMillan
    Ellen Malow
    James Martin
    Glen McDaniel
    Susan McIntosh
    Joseph McLaughlin
    James McNiff
    Stuart Meyers
    Rebecca Miller Pringle
    Willis Miller
    Cynthia Murray
    Anne Myers
    Cheryl Nikonovich-Kahn
    Laura Norton
    Mikhail Nudelman
    Mae Okwandu
    Kenneth Ozment
    Thomas Parker
    Janice Perry
    Jennifer Pinson-Harvey
    Rejetta Poole
    Robin Porter
    Kathryn Powell
    Trina Queen
    Susan Raines
    Shawnetta Ray
    Norman Reid
    Cynthia Remboldt
    Morgan Robertson
    Catherine Robinson
    Mary Rolen
    John Ross
    Gabriel Rueda
    Terri Salemi
    Kimberly Saunders
    Marsha Schechtman
    Taylor Schlairet
    Andrew Schmidt
    John Schultz
    John Schultz
    Christina Scott
    Anthony Seals
    Debi Selin
    I. Serrate
    Kathleen Shack, M.S., LMFT
    Elton Shauf
    Richard Shuey
    Rachael Siegelman
    Diane Skinner
    Jane Slickman
    Barry Spencer
    Scott Spooner
    Blue Spruell
    Jeremy Stallman
    Jason Stephens
    Neal Stockmyer
    Lou Anne Storey
    Evelyn Swancy
    Michael Tabachnick
    Margaret Tate
    Lisa Taylor
    Grady Terry
    Richard Thane
    Billy Thomas
    Barbara Toren
    John Tucker
    James Usanga
    Sue Varon
    James Voelker
    Richard Voyles
    Amber Weldy
    Cynthia Westberg
    Michael Wetzel
    Tori White
    Gwendolyn Wiggins
    Jim Wilbanks
    Jackie Wilson
    Timothy Wolfe
    Jon Wolfe
    Jerry Wood
    William Woods
    John Yasutake
    Adiv Zelony
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