When the Court specially requests an expedited session, Beth will mediate on a weekend or evening basis. When it is not necessary that the case be mediated on an expedited basis, a window of 45-60 days advanced notice is helpful. When ordered to mediate within a shorter time range than this, it is often difficult--if not impossible--to accommodate a setting that works for all involved.
Whenever Beth is aware that a case is set for trial within thirty days, either she or her assistant Angie Maze will notify the court of the case's status within 24 hours of the mediation's conclusion, as well as send a letter. When the case is not set within that time frame, she simply sends the Court a letter, notifying of the outcome, and of course, copies the attorneys on this letter as well.
Pro se parties present a special set of concerns, particularly if the pro se party is not able to fully understand and appreciate that Beth is not acting as "their lawyer" but is truly a neutral third party attempting to help both sides accomplish out of court closure. While Beth is not opposed to taking on these cases, she may require that pro se parties submit their materials and payment well in advance of the date set for mediation, to ensure that a) she feels capable of taking on the case in question and b) she will be paid.
The standard mediation order, including the full case style, names, phone numbers, addresses and email contact information is really all we need from the Court. Once we receive that information, we will begin the process of contacting the parties' counsel and confirming a date and time for mediation.