This pamphlet will tell you: MEDIATION?
the purpose of
who is involved
why mediation can be
a better way to
resolve a deprivation
MEDIATION FOR Juvenile Court of Cobb County
DELINQUENCY CASES 1738 County Services Parkway, S.W.
IS NOT DISCUSSED Marietta, GA 30008-4028
IN THIS PAMPHLET.
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THE DEPRIVATION THE ADVANTAGES OF WHO IS PRESENT AT A
MEDIATION PROGRAM MEDIATION DEPRIVATION
Mediation is an opportunity for YOU get to be directly involved in
families to work out their issues the outcome. YOU!
and form agreements without
having to go before a judge. All parties have the chance to tell Mediator – a neutral, impartial
their side of the story person to lead discussion and offer
In a mediation hearing, you will sit possible solutions
down with the other parties The purpose of mediation in the
place of a formal court hearing is DFACS – if the state is bringing the
involved in your case, including
to avoid blame and to create the charge of deprivation against the
DFACS, relatives and attorneys.
best possible cooperative solution. parent
You will discuss the situation and
try to come to an agreement. Attorneys – only if the parties want
Both your needs and your child’s their attorneys present, attorneys
A mediator will lead the session needs are considered in a mediation are not required
and will guide discussions, answer hearing.
questions, and offer solutions. Relatives
Nobody will order you to do
NOTE: Mediators do not offer something you have not agreed to Other people involved in the case
legal advice. do. when the parties invite them.
Guardian ad litem and/or CASA
The session is informal and NOTE: if an agreement is not that represent the children's best
confidential. reached in mediation, the case is interest.
not dropped; it will proceed
Any agreement made in mediation before a judge. NOTE: children do not attend the
is presented to a judge, who can mediation sessions unless requested by
make that agreement an official Because you are reaching decisions the court or guardian ad litem.
order of the Court. together, parties are able to trust
Because you have made an
agreement, the outcome is likely to
be supported by all the MEDIATION FOR
participants. DELINQUENCY CASES
IS NOT DISCUSSED
IN THIS PAMPHLET.