Mediation Settlement Week

Center for Resolution and Justice plans activities for Mediation Settlement Day

BUFFALO, N.Y.  The New York State Unified Court System has declared October 17, 2013 Mediation Settlement Day, with activities planned across the state.  This annual event is designed to raise awareness about the many benefits of mediation and about the numerous resources available to those in conflict. 

Mediation is unique in that it offers a timely, user-friendly means of resolving conflicts and disputes.  Instead of turning to a judge for a decision, the resolution comes from the individuals who know the most about the situation; the parties to the dispute.  Parties meet with a skilled, trained mediator who helps them communicate and, if possible, reach an agreement that works for everyone.  If the parties are not able to reach an agreement that is acceptable to them, they are still free to ask a judge to hear their case and make a decision in court.

In the eight counties of Western New York, the court system has designated The Center for Resolution and Justice as its Community Dispute Resolution Center, providing community and court annexed mediation services. 
        •  The Chautauqua County office of Child & Family Services Center for Resolution and Justice will be serving cookies and punch and offering a meet and greet with its mediators on October 17th                    between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  The office is located on the second floor of City Hall at 200 East Third Street in Jamestown, New York.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 
        •  The Erie County Office will be offering information and the opportunity to meet with mediators in the Family Court (One Niagara Plaza, Buffalo NY 14202) from 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on October               17, 2013

Businesses and community members alike are encouraged to try mediation for the first time.  Those who have already benefited from mediation are encouraged to share with others the value and effectiveness of the mediation process.  Those interested in becoming mediators and those who would like their staff to receive the training are encouraged to contact their local center to find out when the next mediation training program will be offered.

Mediation Services have been available through the Community Dispute Resolution Centers in Western New York for twenty-five years. Together, they have helped thousands of individuals, businesses, educational institutions and organizations resolve their disputes. 

To learn more about these events or about the mediation services provided by Child and Family Services' Center for Resolution and Justice, please visit their website at, or contact them at 716-362-2323 or