Mediation by Video Conference

The Judicial Branch’s Video Mediation Pilot Project started in 2017 and is currently available for Family Matters cases in four district courts:  

  • Houlton;
  • Lincoln;
  • Machias; and
  • Millinocket.

Introduction to video mediation for parties
Introduction to video mediation for attorneys

How video mediation works

Video mediation uses court-provided video conference software similar to Skype, FaceTime, or GoToMeeting.

The court provides laptops for each party to use to talk with the mediator on the computer screen.

Parties sit in separate rooms at the courthouse. The mediator is at a different location. The mediator can talk with both parties at the same or with each party separately. The mediator can also show court forms on the screen so that parties can review them. There is a telephone in each room so that the mediator and parties can talk by phone if needed. 

What happens at the end of the session

At the end of video mediation, the mediator emails the completed mediation forms to the court clerk in the district court where the mediation was held. The clerk prints the forms for the parties to sign and makes copies. After most mediation sessions, parties have a face-to-face pretrial or status conference with a Family Matters Magistrate at the courthouse.

Learn more

If you're a party in a Family Matters (FM) case at one of these courts, watch this video to see how video mediation works.

If you're an attorney in an FM case at one of these courts, watch this video to see how video mediation works.

If you would you like to leave feedback about your video mediation, download this survey form. Please mail completed surveys to:

Office of Court ADR
P.O. Box 4820
Portland, ME 04122-4820