Welcome to the “Information for Parties Without Attorneys” section of the Dispute Resolution Commission’s (DRC) website. This section is designed to assist pro se parties—those unrepresented by an attorney - who will be attending a court-referred mediated settlement conference. This section of the website links you to resources that, hopefully, will provide a basic understanding of the mediation process and some tools to assist you in that process.
If you are unfamiliar with the law and legal proceedings, it could be difficult to represent yourself at a mediation. This may be particularly true and you may be at a disadvantage if the other party has an attorney. For these reasons, the Commission strongly urges all parties to seek legal counsel for the mediation. The Commission, however, also recognizes that sometimes a party cannot afford, or for other reasons, chooses not to hire an attorney.
If you will be participating in a mediation without an attorney, please be aware that while the mediator will do his or her best to ensure a civil and full discussion of the issues, s/he cannot give legal advice to anyone participating in the conference.
The Commission suggests that you read the applicable guide on the menu on the left as an introduction to mediation and the mediation process. Choose the Guide based upon whether your case is a civil case in superior court or a family financial case in district court. If your case is a civil case pending in superior court which has been referred to a mediated settlement conference, choose the Mediated Settlement Conference (MSC) Program for useful program information. Other links on the MSC Program page offer additional information, such as a program brochure, program rules, and Frequently Asked Questions.
If your case is a family financial case that has been referred to a mediated settlement conference in District Court, choose the Family Financial Program (FFS), for useful program information. Other links on the FFS Program page can offer additional information, such as a program brochure, program rules, and Frequently Asked Questions.
Commission staff are available to answer questions you may have. Call the Commission at (919) 890-1415, or email us at DRCMediators@nccourts.org.