Early Settlement Mediation East Program

Early Settlement Mediation East Program

What is mediation?

The Alternative Dispute Resolution System in Oklahoma is currently made up of 13 community-based mediation centers (Early Settlement) and 11 programs developed by state agencies. This system, which was authorized in 1983 and funded in 1985 by the state legislature through the Oklahoma Dispute Resolution Act (12 O.S. Supp. 1997, 1801 et seq.), is administered and supervised by the Administrative Director of the Courts through his designee, the Alternative Dispute Resolution System Director, with the ongoing input of the Dispute Resolution Advisory Board.

How does mediation work?

In mediation a neutral, third-party helps those in conflict define issues, explore solutions and reach practical, workable and mutually satisfactory agreements. Mediation seeks to prevent conflicts from escalating, saving everyone involved the time and expense of going to court. Mediation is a process that can help all parties involved. Outcomes include:

  • Getting past anger, frustration, guilt or "desire to punish"
  • Clarifying their underlying, bottom-line goals
  • Seeing their "opponent's" feelings, viewpoints and goals
  • Cooperatively building a lasting, win-win voluntary solution
  • Creating an atmosphere of ongoing cooperation and efficiency

All mediations are handled promptly and confidentially.

Where and when are mediations held?

The mediation sessions are held in out-of-court settings, such as jury rooms, conference rooms, libraries, or other public meetings rooms. Every effort is made to schedule sessions at the convenience of everyone involved.

Who are mediators?

Mediators are community volunteers who have completed specialized training and are certified by the Administrative Director of the Courts. Mediators assist both parties in negotiating and solving their problems.

To schedule a mediation:

To schedule a mediation, please complete the online form through the Early Settlement Mediation Alternative Dispute Resolution System Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

Early Settlement Mediation Alternative Dispute Resolution System

If you have any questions, you can contact our office:


For more information:

Malaina Yoder
Director of Early Settlement Mediation East Program
Northeastern State University
601 North Grand Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464
918-444-3008 Office
918-458-2371 Fax