Friday, April 9, 2010
The initial program will be in small claims court and mediators will be available to assist the parties in their dispute.
Many courts have turned to mediation as an alternative to the litigation side which can be costly and time consuming.
The initial selected mediators for the Sonora Court are Tam Koster, Joe Ferrero, Ed Johnson and Jim W Hildreth.
Hildreth's focus is real estate issues, and and at the local level are issues such as landlord tenant, easements, neighbor to neighbor disputes.
Tam Koster has a strong background on family issues, civil harassment.
Joe Ferrero is an experienced attorney and serves on multiple courts including Amador County.
Ed Johnson has a strong planning background.
Mediation is a value to the parties as they can guide a settlement.