GENERAL ORDER NO. 19.4 - Procedure for Dispute Resolution Centers to Apply for Funding

A. To apply for funding, a dispute resolution center must submit an application to the Chief Judge by December 31 of the calendar year for which funds are sought.

B. An application by a dispute resolution center for funding shall consist of the following:

(i) A statement certifying that the center qualifies for funding in accordance with the criteria set forth in General Order 19.3, including a statement that the center does not pay its mediators and will not charge disputants for services;

(ii) A copy of the bylaws of the center;

(iii) A letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status of the center;

(iv) A list of the members of the center's Board of Directors and their professional affiliations;

(v) A list of active mediators, including the dates of their training and their occupations;

(vi) Copies of the center's audits from the three (3) previous fiscal years;

(vii) A description of the center's mediator training program;

(viii) A copy of the center's mediator quality control mechanisms, including a copy of its peer review policy;

(ix) a prospective budget for the year for which funds are sought;

(x) A description of the center's operations, including the types of cases expected to be heard and sources of case referral;

(xi) A statement of intent that funding will be used for the purpose of providing dispute resolution services.

C. The Office of the Chief Judge shall review all applications to determine which dispute resolution centers qualify for funding according to the criteria set forth in General Orders 19.3 and 19.4 B. The amount disbursed to each qualifying center shall be determined by the formula established in General Order 19.2 F.

D. Applicants shall be notified of the decision of the Chief Judge by March 1 of the year for which funding is sought and receive funds within thirty (30) days of such notification.

[Dated March 9, 1989.]

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