District Court Mediators represent diverse backgrounds and professions, providing unique experiences and insights. Past and present volunteers have included professional mediators, attorneys, counselors, clergy, law students, retirees and others.
Carolina Dispute Settlement Services' primary court mediation service is the Criminal District Court Mediation Program. Utilizing both staff and volunteers, CDSS provides mediation services in District Criminal Court in both the Tenth Judicial District (Wake County) and the Ninth Judicial District (Warren, Vance, Granville and Franklin Counties). Our work preserves the valuable resources of the judicial system and provides people in conflict with the opportunity to understand and resolve their problems.
The majority of cases assigned to this session involve charges that were filed with a magistrate directly by the alleged victim, as opposed to charges resulting from an arrest. As such, this session Criminal District Court is often referred to as “People’s Court.”
Typical cases in People’s Court include simple assault, affray, communicating threats, harassment, cyberstalking, violation of compulsory school attendance laws and other cases arising from interpersonal disputes that are generally considered appropriate for mediation.
CDSS mediators work with the parties toward reaching an agreement whereby the case may be dismissed without further court action.
If you are a party to an action in "People's Court," you will be assigned a mediator on your court date: there is no need to contact CDSS directly.
Becoming a CDSS District Court Mediator