Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Program

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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.

Become a volunteer mediator

Mediation services are available for three types of disputes:

Community-based Mediations

Disputes for which there is time for conversation and collaboration, including merchant- customer, landlord-tenant, family, neighbor to neighbor, and debt disputes.

Day-of-Hearing Court

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.

Restorative Justice

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

REQUESTING ASSISTANCE

To request assistance with Mediation services, you may call a Contract Provider agency directly.

CONTRACTORS AND SERVICE AREAS

Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center

Website

(213) 250-8190

DRPA Funded Area 3

California Conference for Equality and Justice

Website

(562) 435-8184

DRPA Funded Area (s) 6 , 8)

California Lawyers for the Arts

Website

(310) 207-0001

(DRPA Funded Areas 4 and 5)

Center for Conflict Resolution

Website

(818) 705-1090

(DRPA Funded Area: 2)

Centinela Youth Services

Website

(310) 970-7702

(DRPA Funded Areas 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Korean-American Coalition

Website

(213) 383-4290

(DRPA Funded Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

Website

(800) 593-8222

(DRPA Funded Areas 2, 3, 4, 6, 8)

Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution

Website

(213) 736-1145

(DRPA Funded Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney

Website

(213) 978-1880

(DRPA Funded Areas 2, 4, 5, 6, 8)

Map of Los Angeles County showing the eight DRPA service planning 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

News and Events

CCEJ Hosting Gender Justice Training

The upcoming training, We Are Every Part Of Us: Intersectionality & Gender Justice, is one of the California Conference for Equality and Justice’s (CCEJ) brand new sessions from our updated Equity and Justice Menu. Whether you are curious about gender justice or a seasoned advocate, there is something for everyone. Session Details: Thursday, June 13 […]

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Changing Trajectories Through Mediation at Centinela Youth Services

Restoration. Healing. Community Accountability. Those are the some of the themes Jessica Ellis, Centinela Youth Services (CYS) Executive Director shares as she describes the Restorative Justice Mediation Program, whose services are prioritized around highly-policed communities like the Valley region of Northwest Los Angeles, and the Southern portion of Los Angeles County, like Centinela Valley, Inglewood, […]

These Services Are Made Possible in Part Through Support for the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.
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