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Goal Of Mediation:
To mediate cases in a timely and cost efficient manner in order to
minimize case processing time, save costs and expenses to the parties by working out new mortgage terms or
other agreements mutually acceptable to the parties, and to prevent adverse social consequences of vacated
and abandoned houses in the community.
Foreclosure Mediation Program
1200 Ontario Street
Justice Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone: (216) 698-7138
or (216) 698-7158
Fax: (216) 698-2203
Overview of Foreclosure Mediation Program:
The Foreclosure Mediation Program was
introduced in Cuyahoga County on June 24, 2008. The Court’s Foreclosure Committee and Foreclosure Mediation
Sub-committee, both led by Judge Eileen T. Gallagher, developed the Program in collaboration with the legal and
foreclosure-prevention communities. The Program is directed by Andrea Kinast.
How to Request Mediation of Your Foreclosure Case:
When a Foreclosure action is filed
against you, you will receive a Summons and Complaint from the Court in the mail. Make sure to open your mail.
Inside you will find information about legal assistance, financial counseling, and a Request for Mediation Form.
Complete the Request for Mediation form and return it to the Court at the address listed on the Request.
You may fax, mail or hand-deliver your Request to the Mediation Department.
If your case is currently pending, you may file a motion to request mediation or attend a
hearing and ask the Magistrate to refer your case to mediation. In addition, the Magistrate handling the
file may directly refer the case to mediation.
Apply for Foreclosure Mediation
If you want to apply for the Foreclosure Mediation Program,
for a Mediation request form.
Review of request for mediation:
- The Foreclosure Mediator will review your
- Interested in keeping your property - If your monthly income meets or exceeds your
monthly expenses, you may be eligible for mediation.
- Not interested in keeping your property - You may still be eligible for mediation
even if your monthly income does not meet your monthly expenses.
If your request for mediation is denied:
- Your case will be returned to the Foreclosure Docket for further proceedings.
- Should your financial circumstances change in the future you may request the magistrate to make a referral to mediation at that time.
- You may also complete a new Request for Mediation.
If your case is accepted into the Mediation Program,
a Pre-Mediation Conference (PMC) will be set. At the PMC you will be given a questionnaire to fill
out and return within 14 days to the Court. Failure to attend the PMC or to fill out the questionnaire
will result in the case being returned to the Foreclosure Docket.
After returning your questionnaire and supporting documents,
a Mediation will be set. At the Mediation, a representative from the Plaintiff/Lender with full
settlement authority will be present. Your attendance at the Mediation is required.
If the case settles at Mediation, the appropriate paperwork to dispose of the case will be filed. If the case does not settle, the file will be returned to the Foreclosure Docket for further proceedings.
To order brochures or Requests for Mediation for your organization for community distribution,
or to request a presentation on the Foreclosure Mediation Program in your community,
please call (216) 698-7138 or (216) 698-7158 and ask to speak to Program Director, Andrea Kinast.
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