Disputes (Outside of Court)
Examples of the types of disputes HMP mediates include:
- Business partners, co-workers
- Tenant/Tenant (includes housing authorities, subsidized housing and co-housing communities)
- Property co-owners, condominium owners, condo associations
- Animal Control (e.g., “barking dog” disputes)
- Neighbors, roommates
- Contractor/customer, service provider/customer
- Family members
For more information on whether your dispute may be eligible for mediation with HMP, visit our page on how to Refer a Dispute
HMP mediators mediate small claims cases in five District Courts in the Greater Boston area: Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Malden, and Quincy as well as in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Cases are mediated on the day of trial and if agreement is reached in mediation, it avoids the need for a trial. If an agreement is not reached the case will be returned to the court to be heard by the magistrate or judge the same day. You can request a mediator at the court when your case is scheduled to be heard.
Harassment Prevention Orders
HMP offers mediation for Harassment Prevention Orders in the Quincy and Malden District Courts as well as in the Cambridge and Waltham Juvenile Courts. Harassment Prevention Orders (HPOs) are civil restraining orders. The HPO cases which HMP mediates involve neighbors, family members, ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, schoolmates, co-workers, etc. Cases are screened by a judge for appropriateness, and are not domestic restraining orders (209A).