By issuing Administrative Order 2019-1, RI Family Court Chief Judge Michael Forte has formally laid to rest the defunct Family Court "Private Mediators List" that many had hoped would drive business directly to them. The list may have functioned briefly in the mid-nineties, but proved to be cumbersome and unworkable over the years.
The new Order, issued March 13, 2019, declares that the Mediation profession "has matured to the point where it sets its own standards for attorneys, social workers, counselors, psychologists and other professionals who advertise themselves as mediators" and further that "the court has no jurisdiction or oversight over private mediators"
The mission of the RI Mediators Association is to support private professional mediators in their development.
The Administrative Order can be found at