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Court Programs


Utah Dispute Resolution coordinates several mediation programs in collaboration with the Utah State Courts. There is no fee assessed for participants in these mediations. UDR's Court Programs include:


Small Claims Mediation

Mediation is available as an option to parties involved in a small claims court case. UDR manages mediation programs in several venues in the state of Utah. Mediations are conducted by volunteer mediators at no cost to participants. All UDR mediators are trained and qualified to assist the disputing parties reach an agreement.


UDR Small Claims Mediation Venues

Salt Lake City Justice Court
Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

Salt Lake County Justice Court
Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

West Valley City Justice Court (3590 S. Constitution Blvd.-2700 W.)
Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Taylorsville Justice Court (2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd.-5300 S.)
Varies: generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Logan City Justice Court (290 N. 100 W.)
Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Ogden City Justice Court Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.



Advantages of Mediating a Small Claims Dispute

  • When parties choose mediation as an option to resolve their small claims dispute, there is a greater likelihood that the dispute will be resolved because the parties themselves create their own agreement.
  • Agreements may include provisions that a small claims judge would not award, such as exchange of property or services or defining payment plans. A judge may only award a monetary settlement.
  • When parties reach agreement in mediation, the judge reviews the agreement and makes it an order of the court, which is legally binding and enforceable.
  • When the terms of a mediated agreement are met in full, the case is dismissed and does not appear as a judgment against the defendant, who often sees this as a benefit because his or her credit rating is not affected.
  • If the mediated agreement fails, the plaintiff may return to court to satisfy the complaint.


Small Claims Appeals Mediation

Parties who appeal a small claims judgment in Salt Lake County and in Davis County are required by judicial order to participate in mediation before scheduling a trial date. Parties are exempt from this requirement if they attempted to mediate the case prior to the initial small claims judgment. Utah Dispute Resolution manages the mediation process for the court.


Procedure
  • When parties file an appeal, they must complete a form that the court clerk forwards to UDR.
  • After first verifying that the case was not previously mediated, UDR schedules the mediation and mails notices of the meeting time and place to each party.
  • When the parties arrive for mediation, they are assigned a mediator who helps them discuss the issues.
  • If they reach an agreement, the mediator will act as scribe to capture the terms of agreement. Each party receives a copy of the agreement. A copy is also given to the court and the case is closed.
  • If parties fail to reach agreement, the mediator completes a form indicating that the mediation took place and no agreement was reached. This form is then filed with the court, and the parties may schedule a hearing date.
UDR Small Claims Appeals Mediation Venues

Salt Lake City Third District Court-Matheson Courthouse (450 South State Street)

Farmington Second District Court (800 West State Street)
Main Office:
Law & Justice Center
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Northern Utah Office:
YCC Center
2261 Adams Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401

Phone: 801 532-4841
Fax: 801-531-0660
Toll Free Phone: (877) 697-7175
Email: info@utahdisputeresolution.org