The Bankruptcy Court strongly encourages parties to participate in mediation if they feel it might facilitate a settlement of their contested matter or adversary proceeding (AP). 

Partnership with the U.S. District Court:  The Court works in partnership with the U.S. District Court, to provide free mediation services using the District Court's ADR Administrator, who has extensive experience with bankruptcy dispute resolution.   Visit the District Court's ADR site for details about the program:  U.S. District Court ADR Program

How to Request Mediation:  The parties should notify the Court if they are interested in participating in mediation.  In an AP, the parties can indicate their interest in mediation on the discovery plan document.   Upon court approval, an order will enter referring the matter to the U.S. District Court mediator, who is available to conduct the mediation without charge.  In other matters, the parties may file a motion requesting that a contested matter be referred to mediation.