Public Documents

Public Documents

ADR Best Practices for Judges

ADR Quarterly Newsletter
The Alternative Dispute Resolution newsletter is published quarterly by the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan.


Annual Reports


Background Checks
All staff members, volunteer mediators and interns for Northern Community Mediation (NCM) must undergo a twofold background check. The Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) is done through the Michigan State Police. The Central Registry Clearance is run through the Department of Human Services (DHS). In order for NCM to run these background checks, personnel must sign a consent form, complete the Criminal Registry form, and provide a copy of their driver’s license.


Case Reports for NCM
We have compiled a summary of our caseload by year into a PDF format. These documents summarize the number of cases handled by Northern Community Mediation (NCM) each year with a breakdown of the number of cases mediated to agreement, mediated to partial agreement, mediated without agreement, conciliated, faciliated, and arbitated. The reports also depict the reasons for those cases where no mediation, conciliation, facilitation or arbitration occurred. Additionally, the reports breakdown the referral sources and dispute types, as well as provide other pertinent information. Since the present database system was not in place prior to 2003, we are not able to show you the caseload information in an understandable format prior to that time.

CDRP Centers in Michigan
There are 18 Citizen Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) centers in the state of Michigan.

Charitable Solicitation Registration
Northern Community Mediation (NCM) files a Renewal Solicitation Form with the State of Michigan on a yearly basis. NCM then receives its Charitable Solicitation Registration from the state of Michigan. The most recent Charitable Solicitation Registration is available by clicking on the link below.

Connections – March 2017
There is an excellent article on the use of mediation within the prison system.

Financial Reports
The budget for Northern Community Mediation (NCM) has grown from $79,952.00 in the year 2000 to $173,007.09 in 2016. This steady growth has also been replicated in its In-kind contributions, which totaled $183,687.04 in 2016. In developing the budget for 2017, income was projected on the conservative side, whereas expenditures were projected aggressively. Consequently, the budget for 2017 for income was set at $178,747.83 with in-kind donations of $151,487.40, and 178,747.83 for expenses.

Three documents establish the foundation upon which Northern Community Mediation operates: the By-laws, the Board Governance Policies and the Personnel Policies.

IRS Form 990-EZ for 2015

IRS Form 8879-EO for 2015

IRS Schedule B for 2015

Michigan Judges Guide to ADR Practices & Procedures

Personnel Policies

Privacy Policy

Qualifications for Court Roster
The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) requires specific training for individuals who want to mediate in the state of Michigan.Click on the first link below to read those requirements. The second link is for frequently asked questions.

Standards of Conduct
The newest Standards of Conduct for Mediators in the state of Michigan became effective on February 1, 2013.

State Reports
The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) publishes several yearly reports related to the Citizen Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP). Copies of these reports are available by clicking on the appropriate report below.