Virginia's Judicial System



Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in which a trained neutral mediator facilitates communication between the parties and, without deciding the issues or imposing a solution on the parties, enables them to understand and to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to their dispute. It helps the parties understand and recognize their underlying needs, overlapping interests and areas of agreement. In Virginia the mediation process is voluntary and confidential.

Contact Information
Use the Searchable Mediator Directory to find a certified mediator near you. If you have an active case in a district court, contact that court’s mediation coordinator or the clerk’s office for more information.

  • Director - Paul F. DeLosh
    Phone - (804) 786-6455
  • Dispute Resolution Services Manager - Dan Wassink
    Phone - (804) 786-6455

Certification and Training

Information about certification and recertification requirements, training schedules and conference calendars

Appellate Mediation Pilot Projects
This Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia mediation pilot will begin January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2022. It is available in select civil cases where both parties are represented by attorneys.

Complaint Process


Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation

Forms and Applications

Mediation Information System

Resources and Reference Materials
Manuals, reports, and publications

Standards and Guidelines
Qualification standards, training guidelines and statutory references