What we Mediate

Disputes (Outside of Court)

Examples of the types of disputes HMP mediates include:

  • Employer/Employee
  • Business partners, co-workers
  • Tenant/Tenant (includes housing authorities, subsidized housing and co-housing communities)
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • 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

Court-Based Services

Small Claims

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).


Upcoming Training

HMP’s basic mediation trainings for the 2019-2020 academic year are:
October 5, 6, 19 & 20, 2019 -or-
February 8, 9, 22 & 23, 2020

HMP Application – Fall 2019

Each applicant accepted for training is required to attend the full 32 hours of basic mediation training and to fulfill a two-semester commitment as a volunteer mediator with HMP, serving local courts in metropolitan Boston.