In many cases, before a hearing is scheduled, the judge in charge of the case may schedule a mediation session. In mediation, a specially-trained mediator (not the judge assigned to the case) meets with the parties and assists them to state their positions and to explore options to resolve the case. Certain Rules govern the conduct of mediation at the Office of Administrative Hearings. The mediator helps the parties to reach a mutually acceptable settlement of the case. All the judges are qualified to mediate any case before the Office of Administrative Hearings.
The mediator will issue a Mediation Order that requires both parties to attend a mediation session (but not to settle the case). An Agreement to Mediate will be provided to the parties prior to mediation. There may be one or more mediation sessions. If an agreement is reached, it will be put into writing. If the case is not resolved by mediation, the case will return to the judge assigned to the case for a hearing.
Mediation sessions are confidential and the mediator will not share with the judge in charge of the case any information that came out in a mediation session.
Mediation sessions are held at 441 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 450N, which is reached through the North Lobby elevators. The building itself is above the Judiciary Square stop (“Courts” exit) on Metro’s Red Line. The D1, D3 and D6 Metro busses stop at the corner of Fourth and E Streets NW. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is very limited street parking available.