Conciliation Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Conciliation?
Conciliation is a voluntary, confidential process where conciliators, who are attorneys acting as third party neutrals, assist parties in coming up with their own resolution to their civil court case. Conciliators may help evaluate the legal strengths and weaknesses of each party's case.
2. Where and when are conciliation services offered?
Conciliation services are offered for civil cases at Lowell District Court on Friday mornings and afternoons.
3. Who are the conciliators?
Conciliators are volunteers who are attorneys in good standing with the Massachusetts Bar. The conciliator must have completed 8 hours of court-connected conciliation training. In addition, attorneys must be licensed for a minimum of 3 years prior to becoming a conciliator in Massachusetts.
4. Are there any fees for conciliation?
Conciliation services are offered free of charge.