The Uniform Mediation Act - ORC Sections 2710.01-2710.10

The Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) was adopted by Ohio and is effective as of Oct. 29, 2005. The UMA reflects the growth of and changes within the mediation field over the past two decades and is much more comprehensive than the Ohio statute it replaces. The UMA impacts mediation in a wide range of contexts, from court-annexed programs to community mediation to proceedings by private contract. It is therefore essential that mediators, mediation parties, attorneys and judges understand its implications.

History and Context
A brief history of the UMA

Brief Overview
A description of each provision of the UMA, as found in the Ohio Revised Code Sections 2710.01-2710.10 Link opens new window.

Privilege versus Confidentiality
An explanation of the distinction between the confidentiality of the mediation and the privilege of mediation communications

General Information
A Reader's Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, a quiz and helpful links to other UMA resources

Information for Mediators
Helpful resources for mediators including a flowchart to determine whether something is a mediation communication, a second flowchart to determine whether the communication is privileged, information on whether an offense is a felony or a misdemeanor, and a thorough explanation of the UMA's child abuse exceptions to privilege

Information for Judges
Helpful resources for judges including a quick reference on the UMA, a flowchart to determine whether something is a mediation communication, and second flowchart to determine whether the communication is privileged