About the Program
Lake County developed a mediation program for civil cases that exceed the upper jurisdictional limits of the Mandatory Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, currently set at $50,000. Illinois Supreme Court Rule 99 and Local Rule 20.00 govern the mediation program.
Since the inception of the program, more than 600 cases have utilized mediation.
Since the program began, 60% of all mediations have reached an agreement at the time of the mediation.
Of the cases not resolved at the mediation conference, 76% reached a full settlement after the mediation and prior to the trial date.
On average, a case sent to mediation is disposed within 4 months of the mediation conference, regardless of whether the parties were able to reach an acceptable agreement at the time of the mediation.