LARLJ 6A SMALL CLAIMS MEDIATION Mediation is mandatory before a trial is allowed. The court will set the date for mediation at the time of filing. Both parties must attend the mediation. If the plaintiff fails to appear, a dismissal will be entered. If the defendant fails to appear, their answer, if one was filed, will be stricken and a default judgment entered. Parties must bring their evidence to the mediation, however, no witnesses are allowed. The purpose of mediation is to settle the case if possible; if no settlement is made at mediation, the case will be set for trial. Attorneys and paralegals may not represent parties at mediation. If the parties have already submitted the case to another type of mediation or arbitration service, the case may proceed directly to trial.
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