The South Carolina Bar houses the Supreme Court's Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and related Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification, which aid the Court with all aspects of South Carolina court-annexed ADR, including:

• Issuing and renewing circuit and family court mediator and arbitrator certificates;
• Maintaining and distributing the official roster of active certified mediators and arbitrators; and
• Promoting educational opportunities for users of court ADR programs, including monitoring and approving mediator and arbitrator training.

S.C. Court-Annexed ADR Rules
Commission on ADR Regulations
Administrative Order and Procedures for Mediation in the Probate Court
Counties Designated for Mandatory ADR

Probate Courts Participating in the Mediation Pilot Program

Mediator/Arbitrator Renewals

Mediators and arbitrators certified by the Supreme Court's Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification must renew or "recertify" by December 31 of each year. (Exception: Persons certified on or after October 1 of that same year.) Renewals are processed separately from license renewals. Renewal forms (recertification applications) are sent in October of each year, due back by December 31 to avoid a late fee and by January 15 to avoid removal from the roster. These forms are mailed to all active neutrals at the addresses reflected in the current official roster under "Find Certified Mediators and Arbitrators." When you receive a notice, you should sign the form confirming your continued eligibility, verify your contact information and return the form to the Board, c/o of the Bar, with a check made payable to the South Carolina Bar for $50 per certificate. Include an additional $50 per certificate if postmarked after December 31. If you have questions, or if you are a mediator or arbitrator who did not receive a notice by early December, please contact Cindy Coker at or (803) 576-3797.

Certification Applications

Certified Mediator Application Circuit Court Arbitrator