“I was pleased that the mediation was available as an option. I felt comfortable with the mediators. They were extra careful in making me aware of the impartiality of the process.”

CMMS Defendant


Center for Dispute Settlement

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Community Misdemeanor Mediation Service

The Community Misdemeanor Mediation Service (CMMS) is a partnership between the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and CDRC, which diverts both pre-arrest and post-arrest misdemeanor cases to mediation. Cases that can be referred to mediation involve charges such as:

CMMS mediations are conducted by volunteer mediators who are practicing alternative dispute resolution professionals within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Through a partnership with the George Washington University Law School, students who are enrolled in a mediation course and are involved with the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics program may co-mediate these cases along with experienced CDRC mediators.

Founded in 2000, the CMMS program is highly successful. Approximately 95% of participants report being satisfied by their mediation sessions, and 97% say the mediation session was helpful. Nearly 90% of mediations have resulted in resolution.

Mediations are held at the Misdemeanor Section of the United States Attorney's Office of the District of Columbia (555 4th Street, NW, 1st Floor).

If you are interested in referring a dispute to the Community Misdemeanor Mediation Service, please contact one of the Community Outreach Specialists assigned to each police station in the District of Columbia or you may contact CDRC Program Coordinator, Kalee Bacon at (202) 265-9572 for further information.

CMMS participants have stated:

Was very helpful and positive..it should be used more often. –Complainant

I was pleased that the mediation was available as an option. I felt comfortable with the mediators. They were extra careful in making me aware of the impartiality of the process. –Defendant

I am thankful that this program exists and gave us a way to resolve the situation and avoid trial.

The session was professionally conducted with a great deal of effectiveness and efficiency.

I'm impressed with the program's outcome in in settling matters and issues out of court.

The mediator was very good. She did an outstanding job. Thanks!


Other CDRC Mediation Programs: Office of Police Complaints