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Mediation Class to be Offered

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County's Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) will be holding a three-day class on Basic Mediation on Saturday, January 19 and 26 and February 2, 2008. Completion of the 25-hour class provides participants the necessary certification to mediate cases for the Dispute Resolution Center. New mediators are needed as the case-load in the courts continues to grow.

The DRC provides mediation services in small claims court for Riverside County Superior Courts in Banning, Moreno Valley, Temecula, Hemet and Indio. Since 1995, DRC has provided County residents with low-cost mediation and conciliation services. It relies on community volunteers to perform most mediation services. It gives back to community by lessening the load on the court system, and by giving disputants the opportunity to resolve their issues in an informal and less stressful environment.

DRC also offers mediation services to nine police departments in Riverside County. The police departments write "tickets" to disputants to participate in mediation.

The classes will be held at the Riverside County Department of Social Services Staff Development Training Center, 22690 Cactus Avenue, Suite 100 in Moreno Valley. The cost for the class is $225.00. MCLE credit is available for attorneys and paralegals. To register or for more information, contact Katrina Lankster, (951) 955-4900.

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