Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court celebrates 30 years of mediation program

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is celebrating 30 years of a successful mediation program.

It started as a pilot program that handles small claims civil disputes. Now, about 20,000 cases have been resolved through mediation.

The program also has an 87 percent rate for cases sticking to agreements.

Thursday, a reception was held to praise the program’s success.

“When people have entered into a mediated agreement that they have agreed upon themselves they actually abide by the terms so its not something thats being imposed upon them,” said Susan Barnes-Anderson, with Metro Court Mediation Division.

They say the program also helps save court time and decreases the amount of cases for judges.

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