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Illinois’ Third Judicial Circuit Launches Pilot Family Law Mediation Program for Pro Se Litigants

Nicole Wilmet, January 31st, 2020

In November, Illinois’ Third Judicial Circuit announced its receipt of a grant from the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. The grant’s funds have allowed the Circuit to create a pilot family law mediation program for divorce and family cases that involve two self-represented litigants. Angela Wille, the Circuit’s Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, is managing the grant along with Associate Judge Maureen Schutte, Supervising Judge of the Family Division.

In the announcement, Chief Judge William A. Mudge said, “this is a great opportunity for families in Madison County to meet with a certified, neutral third-party mediator and attempt to reach a mutual agreement regarding issues pertaining to their children and/or their property.”

The court began referring cases to the program in December 2019.

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