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.) ADR Renewals are processed separately from license renewals. Renewal notifications are sent in October of each year via email. The $50 renewal fee per certification is due by December 31 to avoid a late fee and by January 15 to avoid removal from the roster. You may pay online by logging into the SC Bar’s website or remit your payment by check. Checks may be directed to the SC Bar, PO Box 608, Columbia SC, 29202, c/o ADR. If you need login assistance, or if you are a mediator or arbitrator who did not receive an email notice by early December, please contact Barbara Arehear or (803) 576-3816. You may also contact Cindy Coker at or (803) 576-3797.

Certification Applications

Please click on the link below and complete the Certified Mediator Application. Please do NOT start more than one application. If you have any questions during, or after, completion of the application, you may contact Barbara Areheart:, or Cindy Coker:

Certified Mediator Application

Click the link below to download the Circuit Court Arbitrator Application.

Circuit Court Arbitrator