CHAPTER 494. COMMUNITY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM
Table of Sections
|494.01||COMMUNITY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM.|
|494.015||PROGRAM AND TRAINING GUIDELINES; CERTIFICATION.|
|494.02||CONFIDENTIALITY OF COMMUNICATIONS.|
494.01 COMMUNITY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM.
Subdivision 1. Definition.
For purposes of this chapter, "dispute resolution" means a process
voluntarily entered by parties in disagreement using mediation or arbitration to reconcile the
Subd. 2. Establishment; administration.
The state court administrator shall administer the
dispute resolution program.
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1991 c 321 s 11
Subd. 4. Reports.
The state court administrator shall compile statistical data regarding
community dispute resolution programs, including the operation budget, the number of referrals,
categories or types of cases referred, number of parties served, number of disputes resolved, nature
of resolution, amount and type of awards, rate of compliance, returnees to the dispute resolution
process, duration and estimated costs of proceedings, and any other pertinent information.
Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1991 c 321 s 11
History: 1984 c 654 art 2 s 133; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 363; 1986 c 444; 1990 c 584 s 1,2
494.015 PROGRAM AND TRAINING GUIDELINES; CERTIFICATION.
Subdivision 1. Guidelines.
The state court administrator shall adopt guidelines for use by
community dispute resolution programs and training programs for mediators and arbitrators for
the community dispute resolution programs. The guidelines must include provisions to ensure
that participation in dispute resolution is voluntary, procedures for case processing, and program
certification criteria that must be met to receive court referrals. The guidelines must include:
(1) standards for training mediators and arbitrators to recognize matters involving violence
against a person; and
(2) training in family law matters that must be completed by mediators before acceptance of
postdissolution property distribution matters and postdissolution parenting time matters.
Subd. 2. Certification.
The state court administrator shall certify programs that meet the
requirements for certification set under subdivision 1.
History: 1990 c 584 s 3; 1991 c 321 s 5; 2000 c 444 art 2 s 12
494.02 CONFIDENTIALITY OF COMMUNICATIONS.
Any communication relating to the subject matter of the dispute by any participant
during dispute resolution shall not be used as evidence against a participant in a judicial
or administrative proceeding. This shall not preclude the use of evidence obtained by other
History: 1984 c 654 art 2 s 134
The guidelines shall exclude:
(1) any dispute involving violence against persons, in which incidents arising out of
situations that would support charges under sections
, or any other felony charges;
(2) any matter involving competency or civil commitment;
(3) any matter involving a person who has been adjudicated incompetent or relating to
guardianship or conservatorship unless the incompetent person is accompanied by a competent
advocate or the respondent in a guardianship or conservatorship matter is represented by an
attorney, guardian ad litem, or other representative appointed by the court;
(4) any matter involving neglect or dependency, or involving termination of parental rights
arising under sections
(5) any matter arising under section
, or any dispute
subject to chapters 518 and 518B, whether or not an action is pending, except for postdissolution
property distribution matters and postdissolution parenting time matters. This shall not restrict the
present authority of the court or departments of the court from accepting for resolution a dispute
arising under chapters 518 and 518B, or from referring disputes arising under chapters 518
and 518A to for-profit mediation.
History: 1984 c 654 art 2 s 135; 1986 c 351 s 3; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 68; 1991 c 321 s 6;
1995 c 226 art 2 s 7; 1999 c 139 art 4 s 2; 2000 c 444 art 2 s 13
494.04 GRANT PROGRAMS.
Subdivision 1. Authority.
The state or a municipality may contract with or make grants to
a person carrying out a community dispute resolution program for the furnishing of program
services provided by the person. The community dispute resolution program may be established
under this chapter or otherwise. The grants may be in amounts as the state or municipality
considers necessary or proper to assist in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.
Subd. 2. Municipality defined.
For the purposes of this section, "municipality" means a
statutory or home rule charter city or a county.
History: 1987 c 117 s 1
Subdivision 1. Eligibility requirements.
A community dispute resolution program is not
eligible for a grant under this section unless it:
(1) complies with this chapter and the guidelines and rules adopted under this chapter;
(2) is certified by the state court administrator under section
494.015, subdivision 2
(3) demonstrates that at least one-half of its annual budget will be derived from sources
other than the state;
(4) documents evidence of support within its service area by community organizations,
administrative agencies, and judicial and legal system representatives; and
(5) is exempt or has applied for exemption from federal taxation under section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or is administered and funded by a city, county, or court
system as a distinct, identifiable unit that has a separate and distinguishable operating budget.
Subd. 2. Funding.
Grants under this section must be used for the costs of operating approved
programs. A program is eligible to receive an amount of money equal to one-half of its estimated
annual budget, but not more than $25,000 a year.
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1997 c 7 art 2 s 67
History: 1990 c 584 s 4; 1994 c 636 art 8 s 10