COMMUNITY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM

 

This program utilizes trained volunteers from Spotswood Borough to help resolve disputes that involve people in ongoing relationships such as neighbors, friends, relatives and co-workers.

 

Mediation is a structured and confidential form of negotiation that provides a convenient, fair, and effective way to resolve disputes. Mediators are concerned members of the community who have volunteered their time to provide an effective and timely method for settling disputes. All mediators are approved by the New Jersey Superior Court and are required to complete a training course and to participate in ongoing educational activities. Mediation is free.

 

Mediation is used for the less serious types of disputes that would be heard in Municipal Court, such as:

 

  • Simple Assaults

  • Harassment

  • Property Disputes

  • Animal Complaints

  • Trespassing

  • Disturbances

  • Noise Complaints

  • Annoying Phone Calls

  • Neighbor Disputes

  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes

  • Merchant/Customer Disputes

 

If a matter is not settled or if any provision of a settlement is subsequently broken, the complaint will return to Municipal Court for trial.

We wish to thank Captain George Ahrend, a former Borough of Spotswood resident and police officer, for sharing his artistic talent in contributing to the design of the Borough of Spotswood's seal. We thank Mr. Thomas Sullivan, a former Borough of Spotswood resident and sanitation employee, for sharing his artistic talent in contributing to the design of the Borough of Spotswood's seal.