Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 218 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 43D the following section:-
Section 43E. There shall be established a district court community mediation advisory board. The board shall be advisory to the administrative justice on matters pertaining to the utilization and role of community mediation in the district court department, including but not limited to the education and training of community mediators and the establishment of standards for persons and organizations engaged in community mediation in the district court department, and shall perform such other duties as the administrative justice may request. Said board shall also advise the administrative justice on the utilization of funds that may be appropriated for the purpose of supporting the use of community mediation in the district court department.
Said board shall consist of five members to be appointed by the administrative justice for such terms as he may establish. Members shall be eligible for re-appointment. They shall be knowledgeable and experienced in the utilization of community mediation in the courts and shall serve without compensation.
Said administrative justice shall appoint a coordinator of community mediation, who shall serve at his pleasure and at a salary to be fixed by the chief administrative justice of the trial court. Said coordinator shall perform such duties with regard to community mediation as the administrative justice of the district court department shall determine.