In collaboration with the NJCU Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Division of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning offers the New Jersey Civil Mediation Course

The NJ Supreme Court mandates that certain legal cases be sent to mediation, using court approved mediators. The program includes ALL New Jersey counties. Pursuant to Court Rule 1:40-12, those individuals who have been trained in basic mediation skills and who meet other requirements will be placed on a court-approved list and selected to mediate these cases. After the first two free hours on each case, court-approved mediators will be able to set market-rate fees for their services. This course is a must for anyone interested in, working for, or starting a business.

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What is required to become a court-approved mediator?
Eligibility for inclusion on the court’s civil mediator roster is determined by a subcommittee of the Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution. Pursuant to Court Rule 1:40-12, all applicants must be mentored by an experienced court roster mediator (who has been approved to serve as a mentor) for at least five hours in at least two Superior Court cases. Educational and experiential requirements are also necessary, as well as completion of an application form.

What do I have to do to meet the training requirements?
This course will allow individuals to complete the basic training requirement. A distinguished panel of professionals highly experienced in mediation skills will lead you through a series of lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and role playing. You’ll gain the knowledge you need to effectively manage conflict, enhance your communication and negotiation skills, and learn strategies for dealing with the problems you are likely to encounter during the mediation process.

In this forty hour training, you will gain the knowledge you need to effectively manage conflict, enhance your communication and negotiation skills, and learn strategies for dealing with the problems you are likely to encounter during the mediation process.

Forty (40) Continuing Legal Education Credits are given for this course by the Garibaldi Inn of Court, an approved New Jersey CLE provider (NY CLE Credits available through reciprocity).

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to academic credit, in order to qualify for inclusion on the New Jersey Superior Court's Roster for assignment of cases to be mediated, you must participate in two (2) actual Supreme Court mediations for at least five (5) hours duration, with an approved experienced mediator and perform two (2) additional mediations or co-mediations as well as satisfy the educational requirements of New Jersey Court Rule 1:40-12 [found at www.njcourts.gov]

Robert E. Margulies, Esq.
Past Chair, NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section
Executive Director, Justice Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court
Boskey Award, Practitioner of the Year 2003
Member, Supreme Court CDR Committee
Supreme Court Arbitration Advisory Committee
Schumann Hanlon Margulies LLC, Jersey City

Course Schedule:

  • Saturday, November 2, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 5, 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Thursday, November 7, 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm\
  • Saturday, November 9, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 12, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 14, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 16, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm