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Deschutes County court mediation program marks 25 years

The Deschutes County Circuit Court is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the court’s Volunteer Mediation Program on Friday, Oct. 18 at noon at the Deschutes County Courthouse.

The court’s mediation program, established in 1994, resolves in excess of 65% of small claims cases and 90% of landlord-tenant cases that participate in mediation.

When parties mediate and reach a mutually agreeable resolution, not only are they more satisfied with the outcome, but they are more committed to abiding by the agreement. And mediation saves both litigants and the court system time and money.

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters is scheduled to speak at the Anniversary Celebration, which will recognize the over 50 volunteers who have served the program since its inception.

Immediately following the Anniversary Celebration, the court is offering a free community training: Effective Conflict Resolution Techniques presented by Jim Melamed, CEO of The free community training will be held in the Jury Assembly room from 1 – 3 pm.

Jim Melamed has been mediating in Oregon since 1983 and is CEO of the most visited conflict resolution site in the world, Jim is excited to share a number of the most effective approaches for assisting people to reach agreement. When confronted with conflict, the basic choices are “fight, flee or figure it out.” Jim will share a number of valuable approaches to “figure things out,” and not barely, but optimally.

What: Mediation Program 25th Anniversary Celebration

When: October 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM

What: Free community training: Effective Conflict Resolution Techniques

When: October 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Where: Deschutes County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

1100 NW Bond Street

Bend, Oregon 97703

For more information, please contact:

Celeste Hasbrouck

Mediation Program Coordinator

Deschutes County Circuit Court



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