FAQs About Processing

Q: When should I apply for registration?

A: You must apply for registration within 18 months after completing the approved training in the category for which you want to register. When a training and practicum (or observations/co-mediations) are taken separately, the 18 months begin at the end of the training. When a training and practicum are combined (i.e., a 40-hour combination General Civil Mediation Training and Practicum), the 18 months begin at the end of the entire combined training.

If you do not apply for registration within 18 months of completing your training, you will have to take the entire training over again in order to register.

Registration is available online through our website.  An application checklist is posted there, as well.  For detailed registration requirements of neutrals, see Appendix B to the Georgia Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules.

Q: How often to I need to register or renew my registration?

A: Registration is current for up to one year.  For example, if you register in March 2010, you will be registered for the rest of 2010, and you will need to renew your registration in December 2010.  Thereafter, you will need to renew your registration every year – December 2011, December 2012, etc. Our office will send you a reminder when it is time for you to renew your registration. There is a separate renewal form and fee.

Note: If you register initially in October, November or December of a calendar year, your registration is valid for the rest of that calendar year plus the next calendar year.  For example, if you register in November 2010, you will be registered for the rest of 2010, and you will need to renew your registration in December 2011.

When you renew your registration, you are renewed in all of your current registration categories.

Registration is available online through our website.  An application checklist is posted there, as well.  For detailed registration requirements of neutrals, see Appendix B to the Georgia Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules.

Q: I took another training. How do I add another category to my registration?

A:  If you are already a Georgia-registered neutral, then to add another registration category you simply need to send a letter to the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution asking to add the category, along with a copy of a certificate from an approved training in the category you are adding, and other documentation as required for that category.  You do not need to fill out another registration application.  Remember, you must apply to add a category to your registration within 18 months of completing the appropriate training. If you do not apply for registration within 18 months, you will be required to take the training over.

There an additional fee of $25 to add domestic relations mediation to your registration.  There is no charge to add any other categories.

Adding a category does not change your registration renewal deadline, no matter when you add the registration category.   For example, if you are registered in General Civil Mediation, with a renewal deadline of December 31, 2011, if you add Domestic Relations Mediation to your registration on April 15, 2011, your renewal deadline for all of your registration categories remains December 31, 2011.

Registration is available online through our website.  An application checklist is posted there, as well.  For detailed registration requirements of neutrals, see Appendix B to the Georgia Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules.

Q: How long will it take to process my registration application?

A: We began using a new system, the Georgia Courts Registrar, on October 1, 2014, to process all new registration applications and renewal applications.  We expect that processing times will be drastically improved.  But we suggest that you expect your application to be processed within about two weeks.

Q: How do I know that I am registered?

A: When your registration application or your request to add a registration category has been processed, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. You can always check your registration status yourself by logging into your neutral account.  A new public registry of registered neutrals will be available later in 2014.