ABOUT THE PROGRAM
In 1986, the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA) was signed into law. This law allows counties to fund alternative dispute resolution services from a portion of the filing fees collected for first papers in civil court actions. Currently, nine agencies are contracted with DRPA funds to train and supervise mediators in Los Angeles County. These mediators help people resolve their differences without the added cost of time and money required for full, formal court proceedings.
Mediation services are available for three types of disputes:
Disputes for which there is time for conversation and collaboration, including merchant- customer, landlord-tenant, family, neighbor to neighbor, and debt disputes.
Disputes filed as civil actions in Los Angeles County that must be resolved on the day of hearing, including small claims, unlawful detainer, and civil harassment and civil limited cases. These cases are identified at the courthouse on the day of the scheduled hearing.
Disputes that involve infractions or misdemeanors in which, using Restorative Justice principles and practices, persons accepting responsibility for harm-causing behavior and those harmed by the behavior are brought together for facilitated dialogue to share their experiences and plan the actions that will be used to repair the harm. These cases are referred by law enforcement or prosecuting agencies.
Any individual, business, or organization residing, working, or operating in Los Angeles County is eligible to receive DRPA-funded Mediation services at little or no cost.
To request assistance with Mediation services, you may call a Contract Provider agency directly.
CONTRACTORS AND SERVICE AREAS
Community Mediation Service Areas
(Corresponding with LA County’s 8 Service Planning Areas)
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (1):
Antelope Valley: Acton, Gorman, Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill, Littlerock, Lake Los Angeles
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (2):
San Fernando Valley: Burbank, Glendale, Newhall, Northridge, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Valley Val Verde, Westlake Village, East & West Valley areas
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (3):
San Gabriel Valley: Alhambra, Altadena, Irwindale, La Puente, Pasadena, Pomona, El Monte, Azusa, San Dimas
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (4):
Metro: Atwater, Boyle Heights, Downtown, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Hancock Park, Koreatown, Hollywood, Park La Brea, West Hollywood, Silverlake
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (5):
West: Beverly Hills, Culver City, Malibu, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, Westchester
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (6):
South: Compton, Florence, Lynwood, South Los Angeles, Watts
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (7):
East: Vernon, Maywood, Huntington Park, Bellflower, South Gate, Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens, Signal Hill, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Cerritos, La Mirada, Whittier, La Habra
SERVICE PLANNING AREA (8):
South Bay: Inglewood, Torrance, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, San Pedro