Message from Chief Judge Sjostrom


By administrative order 2020-03 I closed all court operations and facilities to all but essential court proceedings and critical proceedings related to the public health emergency. In the coming days the courts of the Second Judicial Circuit will reschedule, postpone or cancel all other hearings or establish means to conduct other hearings by telephone or video.


"Essential Court Proceedings" includes:
"Critical Court Proceedings Related to the Public Health Emergency" includes:

If you think your matter is an emergency but is not one of the categories set out above, you may file a document explaining why your matter needs to be handled by a judge immediately. A judge will review your document and decide if it requires immediate action. Litigants in Civil Court cases must complete a Designation of Current Mailing and Email Address form with any filing.


The court may also set non-emergency matters for hearing by telephone or video during the time we are closed. Otherwise, your matter will be reset after the public health emergency concludes.


We regret this inconvenience. But we hope that our efforts will help make the public health emergency shorter and less severe.



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Mediation Fees


How much do I pay for family mediation?

The cost depends on the combined gross incomes of both parties in a family case.

  • If you are declared indigent by the Clerk of Court in the county where the case is pending, there will be no fee.
  • If the combined gross income (before taxes) is less than $50,000, the fee is $60 per party, per 3-hour session.
  • If the combined gross income is greater than $50,000 but less than $100,000 the fee is $120 per party, per 3-hour session.
  • If the combined gross income exceeds $100,000 then your case does not qualify for the Second Judicial Circuit ADR Unit. You must select a private mediator. For a list of private mediators go to http://199.242.69.70/pls/drc/drc_main_screen
  • Instructions will be sent to you in your notice package for mediation about how and when to pay these fees. In all cases mediation fees must be paid before the mediation begins.

    How much do I pay for dependency mediation?

    For dependency mediation there is no fee.

    How much do I pay for county civil mediation?

    For county civil cases, the fee is $60 per party, per 2-hour session. Instructions will be sent to you in your notice package for mediation about how and when to pay these fees.

    How much do I pay for small claims mediation?

    For small claims mediation there is no fee.

    When must the fees be paid?

    All mediation fees must be paid prior to the mediation session beginning. You must obtain an invoice from the Second Judicial Circuit ADR Unit or the Mediator prior to paying the fee with the Clerk of Court. All fees are paid to the Clerk of the Court in the county in which the case is pending.

    If the court has approved your motion to appear by phone or you have received consent from the other party to appear by phone you must contact the Second Judicial Circuit ADR Unit immediately to receive instructions on how to pay your mediation fee.