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ACT NO. 126


Court procedure; Vermont uniform mediation act

This act, which adopts the Uniform Mediation Act, establishes rules and procedures which govern most mediations in Vermont unless the parties have agreed otherwise. The act establishes a privilege of confidentiality for mediators and participants which prohibits what is said during mediation from being used in later legal proceedings. The privilege does not apply to threats made to inflict bodily harm or other violent crime when parties attempt to use mediation to plan or commit a crime, when the information is needed to prove or disprove allegations of child abuse or neglect, or when the information is needed to prove or disprove a claim or complaint of professional misconduct by a mediator. The act also requires the mediator to disclose his or her qualifications and any known conflicts of interest.

Effective Date: July 1, 2006

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont