Unless instructed otherwise by the court, upon referral by the court to mediation, the clerk of the court shall select at least three individuals from the court’s panel of mediators and shall send their names to legal counsel for the parties, or to a party directly if not represented, with a request that each party state preferences within five judicial days. If timely objection is made to all of the individuals named, the court shall select some other individual from the mediator panel. Otherwise, the clerk, under the direction of the court, shall select as mediator one of the three individuals about whom no timely objection was made.
Upon the court’s or the parties’ own selection of a mediator, the clerk shall:
Notify the designated person of the assignment as mediator.
Provide the mediator with the names and addresses of the parties and their representatives and with copies of the order of assignment.