Superior Court Mediation Services
Mediation is now mandatory in all civil cases in the Superior Courts of North Carolina. Early in the lawsuit, the court will order the litigants, their attorneys and others, such as insurance claims representatives, to take time out from preparing the case for trial in order to negotiate a settlement of the suit.
Mediation has worked well as a case management tool in our court system, so well that we only try 4-5% of our cases. But the process has also worked well for litigants and their attorneys. Litigants are much more involved in the negotiation process than they used to be and, thus, more able to fashion creative solutions. And, the negotiation process occurs much earlier in the life of the case, giving everyone an opportunity to avoid the costly and time-consuming process of preparing for and conducting trial.
Greg Johnson is a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court Mediator. He is an experienced litigator both in state and federal courts. He provides mediation services to litigators and their clients in Asheville, throughout Buncombe County, and in the surrounding counties of Haywood County, Henderson County, Transylvania County, Madison County and Jackson County, which include the towns of Morganton, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Sylva, Franklin and Bryson City in North Carolina.