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What is Mediation?

Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board provide free mediation services, a form of alternative dispute resolution, for small claims and unlawful detainer (eviction) cases in the Fontana, Barstow, and Joshua Tree courts. Additionally, we provide free mediation services for civil, probate, and family law cases in the San Bernardino, Victorville, and Joshua Tree courts.

This is a free service funded through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program by the County of San Bernardino Superior Court System that gives litigants the opportunity to meet with a neutral third-party mediator on the day of the court hearing. Meeting with a mediator provides a chance to make a last good faith effort to negotiate a resolution to the dispute.

What are the advantages of mediation?

  • Mediation is efficient, confidential and voluntary.
  • Mediation opens the door to the resolution of disputes.
  • Parties do not lose their rights to trial if they do not settle.
  • Parties can maintain control of their agreement and better manage risk.
  • Mediation can help maintain or improve relationships.

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Mediation is also available outside of court:

In addition to the mediation services IFHMB provides in the courts of San Bernardino County, IFHMB also offers a Pre-Litigation Mediation Program, which is designed to offer lower income unrepresented individuals a less expensive alternative to filing a court case, or to allow the parties to a lawsuit the opportunity to resolve their dispute before their court date.

For more information about this program, please contact IFHMB’s mediation department, call

1-800-321-0911 ext. 105 or email