Court Services - Mediation
The Citizens Dispute Settlement Program (CDSP) of Toledo
Municipal Court provides mediation services to the people of
Toledo as an alternative means of solving disputes other than
the traditional court system. With the help of a neutral third
party, participants often reach mutually accepted agreements. In
mediation, avenues of communication are opened which permit the
participants to more clearly understand themselves, each other,
and the situation. Since the participants themselves craft these
agreements, there is a greater likelihood that the agreement
will be successfully implemented. The mediation process is
especially helpful when the participants have an ongoing
relationship such as family members, friends, neighbors or
The staff members of CDSP conduct mediations, as well as
attorneys from the Toledo Bar Association who have been trained
as mediators and who volunteer their services. Students from the
University of Toledo College of Law'
s Alternative Dispute
Resolution class also conduct small claims mediations.
Cases referred to CDSP are those involving misdemeanant
behavior such as menacing, criminal damaging, disturbing the
peace and theft. CDSP also mediates civil cases such as rent
escrow cases, small claims cases and general civil cases with
jurisdiction up to $15,000.00.
The CDSP is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon and
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is located in Room 444; phone
number (419) 245-1951.
Click here for additional information about the mediation process (PDF).