Appropriate cases may, upon completion of necessary pleadings or motions, be referred by the Judge or Magistrate to a mediator for a mediation conference. Mediation of civil cases is generally ordered at the first telephone Pre-Trial Conference.

All counsel are required to attend the mediation with their clients and to be prepared to discuss their settlement position. When a party is insured, defendants and adjusters need to be present for mediations if liability is contested. If liability is NOT contested, only adjusters are required to attend, defendants, may, but need not, attend mediations.

A non-refundable mediation fee of $100.00 per party shall be paid thirty (30) days from the filing of the Pre-Trial Conference Order. Checks should be made payable to the Seneca County Treasurer and mailed to the Judge assigned to the case at one of the following addresses:

Judge Michael P. Kelbley

Seneca County Common Pleas Court

103 E. Market Street, Suite 401

Tiffin, OH 44883

Judge Steve C. Shuff

Seneca County Common Pleas Court

103 E. Market Street, Suite 301

Tiffin, OH 44883

Mediations are generally conducted in the Jury Room on each floor of the Seneca County Justice Center, located at 103 E. Market Street in Tiffin, Ohio.