Small Claims Mediation is a free and voluntary program designed to help both parties expedite their progress through the court system. Mediators, who are members of the Lake County Bar Association, are present in the small claims courtroom for the Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon call. The mediation program is voluntary and the objective of the mediation is to resolve the case short of going to trial. Parties who decide to mediate will meet with the designated mediator in an attempt to reach a possible settlement in the case. If mediation is unsuccessful, the matter will proceed to trial.