(710 ILCS 20/5)
(from Ch. 37, par. 855)
(a) Subject to the supervisory authority of the Supreme Court, the
Chief Judge of each judicial circuit in which a
dispute resolution fund has been established shall make rules pertaining to
the operation and standards to be adhered to by dispute resolution centers
in that judicial circuit in order to qualify for funding. Such rules shall
provide for the following in connection with mediation of disputes referred
from the court system:
(1) Each dispute resolution center applying for funding shall report the
number of cases which have been successfully resolved in each of the 3
(2) All mediators shall be trained in conflict resolution techniques for
at least 30 hours and shall participate in an ongoing peer review program.
Mediators shall perform their duties as volunteers, and shall not receive
any compensation for their services.
(3) Mediation shall be scheduled within 30 days of commencement of a case
unless good cause exists for not scheduling mediation.
(4) Each dispute resolution center receiving funding under this Act
shall maintain records which shall be available for inspection by the
office of the Chief Judge of the circuit and which shall demonstrate
adherence to applicable requirements.
(5) Prior to mediation, disputants shall be advised of the objectives of
mediation, the function of the mediator, and the role of the disputants in
the mediation process.
(6) A dispute shall be considered to be successfully resolved when a
written agreement which sets forth the obligations and responsibilities of
the disputants is signed by the disputants.
(b) Subject to the supervisory authority of the Supreme Court, the
Chief Judge of each judicial circuit in which a dispute
resolution fund has been established shall make rules concerning the types
of cases which the judges of the circuit may refer to a qualified dispute
resolution center, and may make any other rules necessary for the operation
of the Act in that judicial circuit.
(Source: P.A. 93-240, eff. 1-1-04.)