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Free Workshop Helps You Become County Civil Mediator

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Oct 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-27 12:45:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Volunteer civil mediators are needed in Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla Counties to help parties resolve their court cases and avoid going to trial, and here's your chance to help out.

The Second Judicial Circuit of the Florida Supreme Court is hosting a three-day session to train volunteer county civil mediators.

According to organizers, every year in Tallahassee, more than 50-percent of the cases filed in small claims court cases with less than $5,000 in disputes are resolved by volunteer mediators. Officials say, "as a certified county civil mediator you can help your community and learn valuable problem solving and negotiation skills."

Most of the time, these mediators are not lawyers. They talk to both sides involved in a lawsuit, and  use negotiation and problem-solving techniques to help them solve the issues.

You can become a volunteer county civil mediator after a workshop next week. It's November 3-6, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day. Everything is at the Leon County Courthouse Annex (1920 Thomasville Road), and it's free to take part.

For more information, call (850) 606-4326 or send an email to: livaneck@leoncountyfl.gov.