Oregon
Rule Rule 115-040-0042
Mediator May Not Disclose Mediation Communications in Subsequent Proceedings


Except as provided in this rule, a mediator may not disclose or be compelled to disclose mediation communications in mediations described in OAR 115-040-0041(1) and, if disclosed, such communications may not be introduced into evidence in any subsequent administrative, judicial or arbitration proceeding unless all the parties to the mediation and the mediator agree in writing to the disclosure.

(1)

In an action for damages or other relief between a party to the mediation and a mediator or mediation program, a mediator may disclose mediation communications to the extent that those communications may be necessary to prosecute or defend the matter. At the request of a party, the court may seal any part of the record of the proceeding to prevent further disclosure of the mediation communications or agreements.

(2)

A mediator may disclose confidential mediation communication directly related to child abuse or elder abuse if the mediator is a person who has a duty to report child abuse under ORS 419B.010 or elder abuse under 124.050 to 124.095.

(3)

A mediator may disclose confidential mediation communications if the mediator reasonably believes that disclosing the communication is necessary to prevent a party from committing a crime that is likely to result in death or bodily injury to any person.

(4)

A mediator may disclose a mediation communication if, as a condition of a professional license, the mediator is compelled by law or the rule of a court to disclose a communication related to the conduct of another licensed professional.

(5)

When the only parties to the mediation are public bodies, mediation communications and mediation agreements are not confidential except to the extent those communications or agreements are exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.410 to 192.505 and may be disclosed and introduced into evidence in any subsequent proceeding.

(6)

When the parties to the mediation include a private party and two or more public bodies, mediation communications are not confidential if the laws, rules or policies governing mediation confidentiality for at least one of the public bodies provide that mediation communications in the mediation are not confidential and may be disclosed and introduced into evidence in any subsequent proceeding.

(7)

When a person acts as the mediator in the mediation and also acts as the hearing officer in a contested case involving some or all of the same matters, the communications in the mediation are not confidential and may be disclosed and introduced into evidence in any subsequent proceeding.

(8)

A mediator may disclose mediation communications described in OAR 115-040-0043 and such communications may be introduced into evidence in any subsequent proceeding to the extent provided in that rule.

(9)

The terms of any mediation agreement are not confidential, may be disclosed and may be introduced as evidence in any subsequent proceeding.
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Dec. 11, 2019