The First Friday Voluntary Settlement Conference Program is a settlement program utilizing attorneys with expertise in different practice areas who serve as volunteer mediators to help the Court resolve civil cases. The First Friday program began in 2007 and took place the first Friday of each month in person at the Courthouse but is currently being conducted remotely due to the pandemic with the Court assigning settlement officers.
The First Friday program has saved the Court millions of dollars in litigation costs and Court time in cases where parties have requested assistance in resolving their disputes. The Desert Bar Association assists the Court by recruiting volunteer mediators.
Successful resolution requires that all parties necessary to the dispute and with authority participate, and that the parties provide mediation briefs in compliance with California Rules of Court Rule 3.3180. First Friday works best when parties engage in the process in good faith with a desire for a productive mediation session.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: To assist attorneys and the community, the DBA is providing sample forms in word format that can be tailored to the needs of litigants. These forms are provided free of charge as a resource. It is up to the parties to ensure that the forms meet any applicable legal requirements.