Mediation and Arbitration

ORS 36.195
Presence of attorney

  • authority and duties of mediator
  • notice to court at completion of mediation


Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties, the parties’ legal counsel shall not be present at any scheduled mediation sessions conducted under the provisions of ORS 36.100 (Policy for ORS 36) to 36.175 (Rules for administration of dispute resolution programs).


Attorneys and other persons who are not parties to a mediation may be included in mediation discussions at the mediator’s discretion, with the consent of the parties, for mediation held under the provisions of ORS 36.185 (Referral of civil dispute to mediation) to 36.210 (Liability of mediators and programs).


The mediator, with the consent of the parties, may adopt appropriate rules to facilitate the resolution of the dispute and shall have discretion, with the consent of the parties, to suspend or continue mediation. The mediator may propose settlement terms either orally or in writing.


All court mediators shall encourage disputing parties to obtain individual legal advice and individual legal review of any mediated agreement prior to signing the agreement.


Within 10 judicial days of the completion of the mediation, the mediator shall notify the court whether an agreement has been reached by the parties. If the parties do not reach agreement, the mediator shall report that fact only to the court, but shall not make a recommendation as to resolution of the dispute without written consent of all parties or their legal counsel. The action shall then proceed in the normal fashion on either an expedited or regular pretrial list.


The court shall retain jurisdiction over a case selected for mediation and shall issue orders as it deems appropriate. [1989 c.718 §21]


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Mar. 11, 2023