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Rule 10-1-305. Mediation in small claim appeals.


To establish policy regardingmediation of appeals in small claim cases.


This rule shall apply to theThird District Court.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) For appeals filed inlocations where a program for mediating small claims appeals exists, theparties are required to mediate the dispute prior to the case being scheduledfor pretrial or trial.

(2) A certificate from themediator confirming the completion of good faith mediation by all parties mustappear in the file.

(3) If any of the parties fail tocomplete good faith mediation, the court may impose sanctions including theassessment of costs and expenses, the striking of pleadings, the granting ofdefault and/or the dismissal of the appeal and remand to the original smallclaims court.